Bioethics is the study of ethical issues arising out of advances in the life sciences and medicine. Historically, bioethics has been associated with issues in research ethics and clinical ethics as a result of research scandals such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and public debates about the definition of death, medical paternalism, health care rationing, and abortion. As biomedical technologies have advanced, challenging new questions have arisen for bioethics and new sub-disciplines such as neuroethics and public health ethics have entered the scene. This volume features ten original essays on five cutting-edge controversies in bioethics written by leading philosophers.
I. Research Ethics: How Should We Justify Ancillary Care Duties?
II. Clinical Ethics: Are Psychopaths Morally Accountable?
III. Reproductive Ethics: Is There A Solution to the Non-Identity Problem?
IV. Neuroethics: What is Addiction and Does It Excuse?
V. Public Health Ethics: Is Luck Egalitarianism Implausibly Harsh?
S. Matthew Liao and Collin O’Neil’s concise introduction to the essays in the volume, the annotated bibliographies and study questions for each controversy, and the supplemental guide to additional current controversies in bioethics give the reader a broad grasp of the different kinds of challenges in bioethics.
"This book is admirably distinctive in the literature on bioethics. It is selective in addressing only five issues, each drawn from a different area of bioethics and discussed in a pair of contrasting essays. The issues are not only of great practical importance but also intellectually difficult. They demand engagement with matters of moral theory and require the most advanced understanding of relevant empirical material. The authors – all philosophers of distinction – abundantly satisfy these requirements, while also presenting their carefully-developed arguments in writing that is both lucid and accessible. The editors have done their work extremely well."
--Jeff McMahan, University of Oxford
Bioethics: Current Controversies
S. Matthew Liao and Collin O’Neil
Research Ethics: How Should We Justify Ancillary Care Duties?
Henry S. Richardson
S. Matthew Liao and Collin O’Neil
Part I Suggested Readings
Clinical Ethics: Are Psychopaths Morally Accountable?
Dana Kay Nelkin
Part II Suggested Readings
Reproductive Ethics: Is There a Solution to the Non-Identity Problem?
Melinda A. Roberts and David T. Wasserman
Part III Suggested Readings
Neuroethics: What Is Addiction and Does It Excuse?
Timothy Schroeder and Nomy Arpaly
Part IV Suggested Readings
Public Health Ethics: Is Luck Egalitarianism Implausibly Harsh?
Part V Suggested Readings
Supplemental Guide to Further Controversies
In venerable Socratic fashion, philosophy proceeds best through reasoned conversation. Current Controversies in Philosophy provides short, accessible volumes that cast a spotlight on ongoing central philosophical conversations. In each book, pairs of experts debate four or five key issues of contemporary concern, setting the stage for students, teachers and researchers to join the discussion. Short chapter descriptions precede each chapter, and an annotated bibliography and study questions conclude each debate. In addition, each volume includes both a general introduction and a supplemental guide to further controversies. Combining timely debates with useful pedagogical aids allows the volumes to serve as clear and detailed snapshots, for all levels of readers, of some the most exciting work happening in philosophy today.