Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Clinical Bioethics: Comparing Theoretical Models

  3. Toward Clinical Bioethics Integrating “Internalmorality” and “External Morality”

  4. The Goals of Medicine in Relation to the Subjectivisation of Health and Rationalisation of Health Care Institutions

  5. Bioethical Judgment: Epistemological Statute and Institutional Context

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-208

About this book


A theory of Clinical Bioethics based on the integration of the moral logic of health care practice ("internal morality") and the larger social concerns and processes ("external morality")

Clinical Bioethics. A Search for the Foundations compares major theoretical models in the foundation of clinical bioethics and explains medicine as a normative practice. The goals of medicine are discussed with particular reference to the subjectivisation of health and the rationalisation of health care institutions. This volume provides a consistent reconstruction of  bioethical judgment both at the level of epistemological statute and institutional context, i.e. clinical ethics committees and clinical ethics consultation.


Clinical Bioethics Clinical Ethics Moral bioethics ethics health medical ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • David C. Thomasma
    • 1
  • David N. Weisstub
    • 2
  • Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner
    • 3
  • Corrado Viafora
    • 4
  1. 1.University of PaduaItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Bioethics and Health PolicyLoyola University of Chicago, Medical CenterUSA
  3. 3.Université de MontréalCanada
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3592-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-3593-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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