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The Ethics of Bioethics
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Stem cell research. Drug company influence. Abortion. Contraception. Long-term and end-of-life care. Human participants research. Informed consent. The list of ethical issues in science, medicine, and public health is long and continually growing. These complex issues pose a daunting task for professionals in the expanding field of bioethics. But what of the practice of bioethics itself? What issues do ethicists and bioethicists confront in their efforts to facilitate sound moral reasoning and judgment in a variety of venues? Are those immersed in the field capable of making the right decisions? How and why do they face moral challenge—and even compromise—as ethicists? What values should guide them? In The Ethics of Bioethics, Lisa A. Eckenwiler and Felicia G. Cohn tackle these questions head on, bringing together notable medical ethicists and people outside the discipline to discuss common criticisms, the field’s inherent tensions, and efforts to assign values and assess success. Through twenty-five lively essays examining the field’s history and trends, shortcomings and strengths, and the political and policy interplay within the bioethical realm, this comprehensive book begins a much-needed critical and constructive discussion of the moral landscape of bioethics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxx
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  1. PART I: SITUATING BIOETHICS: WHERE HAVE WE BEEN? WHERE SHOULD WE BE GOING?
  2. p. 1
  1. 1 Analyzing Pandora’s Box: The History of Bioethics
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. 2 A History of Codes of Ethics for Bioethicists
  2. pp. 24-40
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  1. PART II: BIOETHICS AND THE PROBLEMS OF EXPERTISE
  2. p. 41
  1. 3 The Tyranny of Expertise
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 4 Trusting Bioethicists
  2. pp. 47-55
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  1. PART III: CONTRIBUTIONS AND CONFLICTS: POLICY AND POLITICS
  2. p. 57
  1. 5 Intellectual Capital and Voting Booth Bioethics: A Contemporary Historical Critique
  2. pp. 59-73
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  1. 6 Bioethics and Society: From the Ivory Tower to the State House
  2. pp. 74-82
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  1. 7 Democratic Ideals and Bioethics Commissions: The Problem of Expertise in an Egalitarian Society
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. 8 The Endarkenment
  2. pp. 95-107
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  1. 9 Left Bias in Academic Bioethics: Three Dogmas
  2. pp. 108-117
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  1. 10 Bioethics as Politics: A Critical Reassessment
  2. pp. 118-133
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  1. 11 ASBH and Moral Tolerance
  2. pp. 134-143
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  1. 12 Bioethics as Activism
  2. pp. 144-157
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  1. PART IV: CONTRIBUTIONS AND CONFLICTS: CONSULTATION IN THE CLINIC AND THE CORPORATE WORLD
  2. p. 159
  1. 13 Ethics on the Inside?
  2. pp. 161-170
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  1. 14 Strategic Disclosure Requirements and the Ethics of Bioethics
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. 15 Ties without Tethers: Bioethics Corporate Relations in the AbioCor Artificial Heart Trial
  2. pp. 181-190
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  1. PART V: DEFFINING VALUES AND OBLIGATIONS
  2. p. 191
  1. 16 Of Courage, Honor, and Integrity
  2. pp. 193-204
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  1. 17 I Want You: Notes toward a Theory of Hospitality
  2. pp. 205-219
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  1. 18 Learning to Listen: Second-Order Moral Perception and the Work of Bioethics
  2. pp. 220-228
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  1. 19 Global Health Inequalities and Bioethics
  2. pp. 229-240
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  1. 20 White Normativity in U.S. Bioethics: A Call and Method for More Pluralist and Democratic Standards and Policies
  2. pp. 241-259
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  1. 21 Mentoring in Bioethics: Possibilities and Problems
  2. pp. 260-269
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  1. 22 Obligations to Fellow and Future Bioethicists: Publication
  2. pp. 270-277
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  1. PART VI: ASSESSING BIOETHICS AND BIOETHICISTS
  2. p. 279
  1. 23 The Virtue of Attacking the Bioethicist
  2. pp. 281-287
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  1. 24 Social Moral Epistemology and the Role of Bioethicists
  2. pp. 288-296
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  1. 25 The Glass House: Assessing Bioethics
  2. pp. 297-309
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-320
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