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Bioethics in a liberal society

Author: M J Charlesworth
Publisher: New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ethical issues in health care, medicine and biotechnology are often discussed in the abstract, without reference to the social or political context from which they arise. We live in a liberal, democratic, multicultural society where ideally the values of personal liberty and autonomy are paramount. In such a society the state, through the law, should not be concerned with telling people how they should live their  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M J Charlesworth
ISBN: 0521445035 9780521445030 0521449529 9780521449526
OCLC Number: 27431082
Description: 172 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Autonomy and the liberal ideal --
Idea of autonomy --
Liberal society --
Critics of the liberal ideal --
Ending life --
Ethics of suicide --
Moral right to die? --
Decriminalising suicide --
Multicultural attitudes to death and dying --
Choosing for those who cannot choose for themselves --
Quality of life --
Liberal society and the right to die --
Death and the hospital --
Beginning life --
New ways of birth and family formation --
Bearing a child for another --
Questions about surrogacy --
Consequences of surrogacy --
Feminist views on reproductive technology --
Third wave feminist views --
Social and legal implications --
Distributing health-care resources --
Problem of scarce resources --
Utilitarian approaches --
Health system in a liberal society --
Patient and physician --
Health-care resource allocations: four examples --
Reaching community consensus --
Two forms of community consultation --
Limits to planning --
Consensus in a liberal society --
Liberal idea and bioethical realities --
Ethical agreement in a multicultural society.
Responsibility: Max Charlesworth.
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