Philosophy and Medicine

Bioethics Critically Reconsidered

Having Second Thoughts

Editors: . Engelhardt, H.T (Ed.)

  • Focuses on the role of social/political ideology in the development of bioethics
  • Has as its focus a retrospective on the ideological foundations of bioethics as a discipline
  • Offers a variety of perspectives of the role that ideology plays in the discipline of bioethics
  • Shows how the ideology of bioethics is both secularism and paternalism
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Bioethics developed as an academic and clinical discipline during the later part of the 20th century due to a variety of factors. Crucial to this development was the increased secularization of American culture as well as the dissolution of medicine as a quasi-guild with its own professional ethics. In the context of this moral vacuum, bioethics came into existence. Its raison d’être was opposition to the alleged paternalism of the medical community and traditional moral frameworks, yet at the same time it set itself up as a source of moral authority with respect to biomedical decision making. Bioethics serves as biopolitics in so far as it attempts to make determinations about how individuals ought to make medical decisions and then attempts to codify that in law. Progressivism and secularism are ultimately the ideology of bioethics.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Genesis of a Totalizing Ideology: Bioethics’ Inner Hippie

    Griffin Trotter

    Pages 49-69

  • Two Rival Understandings of Autonomy, Paternalism, and Bioethical Principlism

    Aaron E. Hinkley

    Pages 85-95

  • Why Clinical Bioethics So Rarely Gives Morally Normative Guidance

    H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr

    Pages 151-174

  • On the Social Construction of Health Care Ethics Consultation

    Jeffrey P. Bishop

    Pages 177-189

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eBook $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bioethics Critically Reconsidered
Book Subtitle
Having Second Thoughts
Editors
  • H.T . Engelhardt
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
100
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2244-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2244-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2243-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9494-8
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 202
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