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A collection of essays that engage with the work of Joseph M. Boyle, one of the most important Catholic bioethicists of recent years
Explores the most controversial topics of the day: abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, the right to health care
Expresses the current state of philosophical bioethics in the Catholic intellectual tradition
Joseph M. Boyle Jr. has been a major contributor to the development of Catholic bioethics over the past thirty five years. Boyle’s contribution has had an impact on philosophers, theologians, and medical practitioners, and his work has in many ways come to be synonymous with analytically rigorous philosophical bioethics done in the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Four main themes stand out as central to Boyle’s contribution:
• the sanctity of life and bioethics: Boyle has elaborated a view of the ethics of killing at odds with central tenets of the euthanasia mentality;
• double effect and bioethics: Boyle is among the pre-eminent defenders of a role for double effect in medical decision making and morality;
• the right to health care: Boyle has moved beyond the rhetoric of social justice to provide a natural law grounding for a political right to health care; and
• the role of natural law and the natural law tradition in bioethics: Boyle’s arguments have been grounded in a particularly fruitful approach to natural law ethics, the so-called New Natural Law theory.
The contributors to BIOETHICS WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE: THEMES IN THE WORK OF JOSEPH M. BOYLE discuss, criticize, and in many cases extend the Boyle’s advances in these areas with rigor and sophistication. It will be of interest to Catholic and philosophical bioethicists alike.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Joseph M. Boyle - abortion - bioethics - catholic bioethics - euthanasia - new natural law theory - right to health care - stem cell research
PART ONE: THE SUBSTANTIAL IDENTITY THESIS
Chapter One: Why Abortion is Seriously Wrong: Two Views
Chapter Two: Substantial Identity, Rational Nature, and the Right to Life
PART TWO: MORAL AND LEGAL ISSUES AT THE BEGINNING AND ENDING OF LIFE
Chapter Three: Embryo Ethics: Justice and Nascent Human Life
Robert P. George
Chapter Four: Compassion and the Personalism of American Jurisprudence: Bioethical Entailments
R. Mary Hayden Lemmons
Chapter Five: The Significance of the Ultimate End for the Feeding of PVS Patients: A Reply to Kevin O’Rourke
Peter F. Ryan, S.J.
PART THREE: DOUBLE EFFECT AND BIOETHICS
Chapter Six: Praeter Intentionem and Bioethics
E. Christian Brugger
Chapter Seven: The Action-Omission and Double-Effect Distinctions
PART FOUR: BIOETHICS AND THE NATURAL LAW: CHALLENGES
Chapter Eight: Global Bioethics and the Natural Law
Ana S. Iltis
Chapter Nine: Guided Autonomy and Good Friend Physicians
Janet E. Smith
PART FIVE: THE RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE
Chapter Ten: Social Justice, Charity and Tax Evasion: A Critical Inquiry
Mark J. Cherry
Chapter Eleven: Natural Law, Property, and Welfare Rights
Chapter Twelve: Health Care Technology and Justice
PART SIX: BOYLE RESPONDS
Chapter Thirteen: An Appreciative Response
Joseph M. Boyle