Asian Studies in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

Confucian Bioethics

Editors: Fan, Ruiping (Ed.)

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This volume explores Confucian views regarding the human body, health, virtue, suffering, suicide, euthanasia, `human drugs,' human experimentation, and justice in health care distribution. These views are rooted in Confucian metaphysical, cosmological, and moral convictions, which stand in contrast to modern Western liberal perspectives in a number of important ways. In the contemporary world, a wide variety of different moral traditions flourish; there is real moral diversity. Given this circumstance, difficult and even painful ethical conflicts often occur between the East and the West with regard to the issues of life, birth, reproduction, and death. The essays in this volume analyze the ways in which Confucian bioethics can clarify important moral concepts, provide arguments, and offer ethical guidance. The volume should be of interest to both general readers coming afresh to the study of bioethics, ethics, and Confucianism, as well as for philosophers, ethicists, and other scholars already familiar with the subject.

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`In an era when health care is a hotly contested topic of discussion, Fan's book as an invaluable resource that has much to teach us.'
David S. Blix in Second Opinion, September 2000

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Towards a Confucian Bioethics

    Fan, Ruiping

    Pages 1-23

  • Confucian Virtues and Personal Health

    Ni, Peimin

    Pages 27-44

  • The Neo-Confucian Concept of Body and its Ethical Sensibility

    Zhang, Ellen Y

    Pages 45-65

  • Confucian Views on Suicide and Their Implications for Euthanasia

    Lo, Ping-Cheung

    Pages 69-101

  • Reflections on the Dignity of Guan Zhong: A Comparison of Confucian and Western Liberal Notions of Suicide

    Khushf, George

    Pages 103-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Confucian Bioethics
Editors
  • Ruiping Fan
Series Title
Asian Studies in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine
Series Volume
61
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-46867-4
DOI
10.1007/0-306-46867-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5723-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5228-5
Series ISSN
1566-7219
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 320
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