Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

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PREFACE

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pp. ix-xvi

The term “the sanctity of human life” has a definite religious ring. It seems to denote the fact that human life is related to God. Moreover, although the term “sanctity of human life” (qedushat hahayyim) does not appear—to my knowledge—in any of the classical Jewish sources, all the classical Jewish...

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Chapter 1. ON THE USE OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS

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pp. 1-89

The current moral debate about the use of embryonic stem cells for the possible (some advocates might even say probable) saving of other human lives is so intense because—as of 2007—deriving “pluripotent” (useful) stem cells from embryos kills these embryos in the process. This debate takes place in several different contexts:...

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Chapter 2. A JEWISH ARGUMENT FOR SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

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pp. 91-110

My concern with the question of socialized medicine, or universal health care, and a Jewish approach to it has been greatly heightened by my experience in Canada during the past ten years. I now hold citizenship in Canada as well as the U.S. citizenship conferred...

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Chapter 3. PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE

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pp. 111-171

Following the procedure of the preceding chapters, I deal with the question of physician-assisted suicide in three contexts: theological, philosophical, and political. In fact, the separation of these three contexts of the normative discussion of this question can be more precisely maintained here than in the preceding chapters because...

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 173-180

INDEX

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pp. 181-186