Philosophy and Medicine

Moral Acquaintances and Moral Decisions

Resolving Moral Conflicts in Medical Ethics

Authors: Hanson, Stephen S.

  • The first clear analysis of moral acquaintances that addresses both Kevin Wildes’s and Erich Loewy’s versions of the important concept
  • Provides a method for making justified moral resolutions in difficult cases in the modern world of moral disagreement
  • Delivers a solid critique of three major methods of bioethical decision-making – libertarian, principle-based, and casuistry
  • Takes seriously the problem of pluralism and the need for justified solutions in real cases
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The potential of modern medicine in a pluralistic world leads to the potential for moral conflict. The most prevalent bioethical theories often either overestimate or underestimate the amount of shared moral belief that can be used to address those conflicts. This work presents a means for taking seriously the pluralism in the modern world while recognizing the likelihood of moral "acquaintance" between persons with differing views. It criticizes moral theories that overstate the extent of the problem of pluralism as well as those that imply too much agreement between reasonable moral persons, yet it locates a means for the resolution of many moral conflicts in moral acquaintanceship. Drawing from the work of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., casuists and principle-based theorists, and Erich Loewy and Kevin W. Wildes’s initial development of the concept of moral acquaintanceship, Moral Acquaintances and Moral Decisions is philosophically indepth work with direct applications for decisionmaking in real medical settings. A work in moral theory as well as a source of real world guidance, clinically oriented bioethics professionals as well as students of bioethical theory should find the theory of moral acquaintanceship provided here important to their work.

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From the reviews: “This book engages and criticizes three major theories of moral justification: Engelhardt’s permission-based ethic, Beauchamp and Childress’ principlism, and Johnson and Toulmin’s casuist ethics. The author’s treatment of each of these theories is reasonably thorough … . The book is intended for those who want to engage seriously the idea of moral justification in the face of deep, rational moral pluralism. It is a satisfying read for those familiar with the theories he engages.” (Nathaniel J. Brown, Doody’s Review Service, January, 2010)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Justifying Moral Claims in a Pluralistic Society

    Hanson, Stephen S.

    Pages 1-14

  • Engelhardt Engelhardt, H. Tristram, Jr. and the Content-Free (?) Principle of Permission

    Hanson, Stephen S.

    Pages 15-63

  • The Four-Principles Approach: An Appeal to the Common Morality for Resolution and Justification

    Hanson, Stephen S.

    Pages 65-99

  • CasuistryCasuistry in a Pluralistic Society

    Hanson, Stephen S.

    Pages 101-122

  • Moral Acquaintanceships as a Means of Conflict Resolution

    Hanson, Stephen S.

    Pages 123-166

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Moral Acquaintances and Moral Decisions
Book Subtitle
Resolving Moral Conflicts in Medical Ethics
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
103
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2508-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2508-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2507-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-0522-7
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 174
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