Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Bioethicsby Alfonso Gomez-Lobo and John Keown Georgetown Univ Press
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- Pbk 148 pages
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The book is divided into two sections: Foundations and Issues. Foundations sketches a natural law understanding of the important ethical principles of autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice, and explores different understandings of "personhood" and whether human embryos are persons. Issues applies a natural law perspective to some of the most controversial debates in contemporary bioethics at the beginning and end of life: research on human embryos, abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, the withdrawal of tube-feeding from patients in a "persistent vegetative state," and the definition of death. The text is completed by appendixes featuring personal statements by Alfonso Gómez-Lobo on the status of the human embryo and on the definition and determination of death.
Preface Introduction Part I: Foundations 1. Bioethical Thinking 2. Principles 3. The Ethical Divide 4. The Ontological Divide 5. Potentiality and Genetics Part II: Issues 6. Beginning of Life Issues 7. End-of-Life Issues 8. Issues in Transplantation 9. Epilogue Appendix A: The Status of the Human Embryo Personal statement of Professor Robert P. George, joined by Dr. Gómez-Lobo Appendix B: The Determination of Death Personal statement of Dr. Gómez-Lobo Selected Bibliography Index
- Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
John Keown holds the Rose F. Kennedy Chair in Christian Ethics in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He was previously a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. His research has been cited by distinguished bodies worldwide, including the US Supreme Court and the Law Lords. In 2014 he was awarded the DCL, or Doctorate in Civil Law, by the University of Oxford in recognition of his contribution to the field of law and bioethics.