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The Voices and Rooms of European Bioethics

1st Edition

Edited by Richard Huxtable, Ruud ter Meulen


210 pages

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This book reflects on the many contributions made in and to European bioethics to date, in various locations, and from various disciplinary perspectives. In so doing, the book advances understanding of the academic and social status of European bioethics as it is being supported and practiced by various disciplines such as philosophy, law, medicine, and the social sciences, applied to a wide range of areas. The European focus offers a valuable counter-balance to an often prominent US understanding of bioethics.

The volume is split into four parts. The first contains reflection on bioethics in the past, present and future, and also considers how comparison between countries and disciplines can enrich bioethical discourse. The second looks at bioethics in particular locations and contexts, including: policy, boardrooms and courtrooms; studios and virtual rooms; and society, while the third part explores the translation of theories and concepts of bioethics into the clinical setting. The fourth and final section focuses on academic expressions of bioethics, as it is theorised in various disciplines and also as it is taught, whether in classrooms or at the patient’s bedside. The book features unique contributions from a range of experts including: Alastair V Campbell; Ruth Chadwick; Angus Dawson; Raymond G. De Vries; Suzanne Ost; Renzo Pegoraro; Rouven Porz; Paul Schotsmans;Jochen Vollmann; Guy Widdershoven and Hub Zwart.

Chapter 10 of this book ''You Don't Need Proof When You've Got Instinct!': Gut Feelings and Some Limits to Parental Authority' by Giles Birchley is available under an open access CC BY NC ND license and can be viewed at: .

Table of Contents

Foreword: 25 years of the European Association of Centres for Medical Ethics (EACME): A European Contribution to Research and Education in Bioethics, Renzo Pegoraro 1. Introduction: All of the Future Exists in the Past?, Richard Huxtable Part 1: The Voices and Rooms of European Bioethics, Then and Now 2. Bioethics, Then and Now: A 40 year Perspective, Alastair Campbell 3. Bioethics Past, Present and Future: A Personal and Narrative Perspective from the European Continent, Paul Schotsmans 4. ‘Getting Ethics’: Voices in Harmony in Bioethics, Ruth Chadwick Part 2: European Bioethics in Social Rooms 5. Personalised Medicine: Priority Setting and Opportunity Costs in European Public Health Care Systems, Jochen Vollmann 6. Phage-ethics: A ‘Depth’ Bioethical Reading of Sinclair Lewis’s Science Novel Arrowsmith, Hub Zwart 7. Voices Carry? The Voice of Bioethics in the Courtroom and Voice of Law in Bioethics, Richard Huxtable and Suzanne Ost 8. A (Social) Room with a View (to the Future): Advance Decisions and the Problem of Personhood, Tom Hayes Part 3: European Bioethics in Clinical Rooms 9. Physicians’ Perspectives on Patient Preferences and Advance Directives in England and France: Other Countries, Other Requirements?, Ruth Horn 10. ‘You Don't Need Proof When You've Got Instinct!’: Gut Feelings and Some Limits to Parental Authority, Giles Birchley 11. Beyond Listening or Telling: Moral Case Deliberation as a Hermeneutic Approach to Clinical Ethics Support, Suzanne Metselaar, Margreet Stolper and Guy Widdershoven 12. Authority, Markets and Society: Three Possible Foundations for European Bioethics, Angus Dawson Part 4: European Bioethics in Academic Rooms 13. Medical Ethics in Medical Classrooms: From Theory to Practice, Wing May Kong 14. Teaching Medical Students: More Room for an Ethical ‘Differential Analysis’, Please?, Rouven Porz and Andreas E Stuck 15. Bioethics in Academic Rooms: Hearing Other Voices, Living in Other Rooms, Raymond de Vries

About the Editors

Richard Huxtable is Professor of Medical Ethics and Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol.

Ruud ter Meulen is Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol.

About the Series

Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.

In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics will contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series will develop an independent hypothesis and argue cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy