Catholic Studies in Bioethics

Birth, Suffering, and Death

Catholic Perspectives at the Edges of Life

Editors: Wildes S.J., Kevin Wm., Abel S.J., Francesc, Harvey, John Collins (Eds.)

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-011-2908-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-2545-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

For centuries the Roman Catholic Church has been concerned with the moral implications of medical practice. Indeed, until two decades ago, Catholic moral theologians were the major source of moral guidance, scholarly reflection and teaching on a variety of medical-moral topics, particularly those bearing on human life. Many, not only those within the Catholic communion, turned to the Church for guidance as each new possibility for altering the conditions of human life posed new challenges to long held moral values. Two decades ago, the center of gravity of ethical reflection shifted sharply from theologians and Christian philosophers to more secular thinkers. A confluence of forces was responsible for this metamorphosi- an exponential rate of increase in medical technologies, expanded education of the public, the growth of participatory democracy, the entry of courts and legislation into what had previously been private matters, the trend of morality towards pluralism and individual freedom and the depreciation of church and religious doctrines generally. Most significant was the entry of professional philosophers into the debate, for the first time. It is a curious paradox that, until the mid-sixties, professional philosophers largely ignored medical ethics. Today they are the most influential shapers of public and professional opinion.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Finitude, Religion, and Medicine: The Search for Meaning in the Post-Modern World

    Wildes, Kevin Wm.

    Pages 1-7

  • Edges of Life: The Consequences of Prenatal Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

    Cefalo, Robert C.

    Pages 11-31

  • The Frail Elderly Person and Those Suffering From Dementia

    Harvey, John C.

    Pages 33-44

  • The HIV Infection

    Cassem, Edwin

    Pages 45-65

  • Artificial Feeding and Hydration in Advanced Illness

    Storey, Porter

    Pages 67-75

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-011-2908-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-2545-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Birth, Suffering, and Death
Book Subtitle
Catholic Perspectives at the Edges of Life
Editors
  • Kevin Wm. Wildes S.J.
  • Francesc Abel S.J.
  • John Collins Harvey
Series Title
Catholic Studies in Bioethics
Series Volume
41
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-2908-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-2908-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-2545-1
Series ISSN
0928-2661
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 236
Topics