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UNCERTAIN BIOETHICS : human dignity and moral risk.

Author: Stephen E Napier
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : ROUTLEDGE, 2018.
Series: Routledge annals of bioethics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bioethics is a field of inquiry and as such is fundamentally an epistemic discipline. Knowing how we make moral judgments can bring into relief why certain arguments on various bioethical issues appear plausible to one side and obviously false to the other. Uncertain Bioethics makes a significant and distinctive contribution to the bioethics literature by culling the insights from contemporary moral psychology to  Read more...
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NAPIER, STEPHEN.
UNCERTAIN BIOETHICS.
[Place of publication not identified] : ROUTLEDGE, 2018
(OCoLC)1002120166
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen E Napier
ISBN: 9781351244510 1351244515 9781351244480 1351244485 9781351244503 1351244507 9781351244497 1351244493
OCLC Number: 1112671666
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents: Chapter 1. IntroductionPart I. Foundational Matters: The Perception of Value, Persons, and Human WorthChapter 2. Moral Inquiry and the Apprehension of ValueChapter 3. Epistemic Justification, Peer Disagreement, and Practical InterestChapter 4. Persons and Human BeingsChapter 5. Human Dignity Part II. Dignity as the Beginning and End of LifeChapter 6. AbortionChapter 7. Human Embryonic Destructive Stem Cell Research Chapter 8. Euthanasia Part III. Balancing Dignity and AutonomyChapter 9. Decision-Making for Patients with Suppressed ConsciousnessChapter 10. Decision-Making for Patients with Apparent CompetencyChapter 11. Risky Research on Competent Adults: Justice and AutonomyChapter 12: Conclusion
Series Title: Routledge annals of bioethics.

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Bioethics is a field of inquiry and as such is fundamentally an epistemic discipline. Knowing how we make moral judgments can bring into relief why certain arguments on various bioethical issues appear plausible to one side and obviously false to the other. Uncertain Bioethics makes a significant and distinctive contribution to the bioethics literature by culling the insights from contemporary moral psychology to highlight the epistemic pitfalls and distorting influences on our apprehension of value. Stephen Napier also incorporates research from epistemology addressing pragmatic encroachment and the significance of peer disagreement to justify what he refers to as epistemic diffidence when one is considering harming or killing human beings. Napier extends these developments to the traditional bioethical notion of dignity and argues that beliefs subject to epistemic diffidence should not be acted upon. He proceeds to apply this framework to traditional and developing issues in bioethics including abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, decision-making for patients in a minimally conscious state, and risky research on competent human subjects.

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