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Pragmatic bioethics
McGee, Glenn, 1967-
First edition.
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Nashville, Tenn. : Vanderbilt University Press, 1999.
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xvi, 302 pages ; 23 cm.
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A collection of eighteen essays discussing the ethics of modern biomedicine, including issues such as human cloning, genetic testing and human enhancement, using a pragmatic approach. In the VANDERBILT LIBRARY OF AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY, it is edited by the author of THE PERFECT BABY: A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO GENETICS and THE HUMAN CLONING DEBATE.

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Editor McGee has taken a bold step in discussing the controversies, technologies, and philosophies included in modern bioethics within a pragmatic framework. With the advances in biomedical sciences, ethicists seem to be searching for a definitive methodology for organizing and presenting their findings in a meaningful context. Within this book are three well-organized sections; the first lays the foundations for a pragmatic approach to bioethics. In the second part, current hot bioethical topics including alternative healing, the end of life, and the evolving physician-patient relationship are discussed in concise and interesting essays. The final section consists of eight essays on current "hot-button" issues in bioethics. One example is the discussion of patient autonomy in the day of managed health care. This book is not for the faint of heart; it demands attention. But it can help the bioethicist seeking a wedge into the problems that modern medical science brings to society. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students; professionals. R. G. McGee Jr.; Walters State Community College

Table of Contents

Glenn McGeeJonathan D. MorenoGlenn McGeeJoseph J. Fins and Matthew D. Bacchetta and Franklin G. MillerD. Micah HesterKelly A. ParkerMary B. MahowaldC. Griffin TrotterWilliam J. GavinD. Micah HesterBruce WilshireBeth J. SingerHerman J. Saatkamp, Jr.Glenn McGeeMartin BenjaminJohn LachsJacquelyn Ann K. KegleyJohn T. Lysaker and Michael SullivanMarian Gray Secundy
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Part 1 The Pragmatic Method in Bioethics
1 Bioethics Is a Naturalismp. 5
2 Pragmatic Method and Bioethicsp. 18
3 Clinical Pragmatism: A Method of Moral Problem Solvingp. 30
4 Habits of Healingp. 45
5 The Bioethics Committee: A Consensus-Recommendation Modelp. 60
Part 2 Current Debates and American Philosophers
6 Collaboration and Casuistryp. 73
7 The Medical Covenant: A Roycean Perspectivep. 84
8 On "Tame" and "Untamed" Death: Jamesian Reflectionsp. 97
9 Significance at the End of Lifep. 113
10 William James, Black Elk, and the Healing Actp. 129
Part 3 Pragmatism and Specific Issues in Bioethics
11 Mental Illness: Rights, Competence, and Communicationp. 141
12 Genetics and Pragmatismp. 152
13 Genetic Enhancement of Familiesp. 168
14 Pragmatism and the Determination of Deathp. 181
15 Dying Old as a Social Problemp. 194
16 Community, Autonomy, and Managed Carep. 204
17 Untying the Gag: Reason in the World of Health Care Reformp. 228
18 Ethical Literacy and Cultural Competencep. 246
Notesp. 257
Selected Bibliographyp. 289
Contributorsp. 295
Indexp. 299