The Variables of Moral Capacity

  • David C. Thomasma
  • David N. Weisstub

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-5
  2. Challenges of Moral Capacity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. David C. Thomasma
      Pages 9-22
    3. Karl Hennig
      Pages 57-77
    4. Kristine Arnet Connidis
      Pages 95-111
    5. Jeffrey Spike
      Pages 113-119
    6. Kathryn Montgomery
      Pages 121-127
    7. Jeffrey Spike
      Pages 129-135
  3. Professional Morality and Criteria for Health Care Decisions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. David N. Weisstub, David C. Thomasma
      Pages 139-149
    3. Kenneth Kipnis, Anita Gerhard
      Pages 151-157
    4. Rosamond Rhodes, Ian Holzman
      Pages 173-185
    5. Evert van Leeuwen, Astrid Vellinga
      Pages 187-202
    6. Michel Silberfeld
      Pages 203-215
    7. Kenneth Kipnis
      Pages 217-231
  4. Reflections on Moral Incapacity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Laurence R. Tancredi
      Pages 235-257
    3. Willem H. J. Martens
      Pages 259-280
    4. George B. Palermo
      Pages 281-297
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-333

About this book


Moral capacity is an important feature of what it means to be human. In this volume, the contributors have taken on the daunting task of trying to distinguish between legal and moral capacity. This distinction is difficult at times for clinicians, philosophers and legal scholars alike. Part of the challenge of defining moral capacity lies in the difficulty of adequately categorizing it. For this reason, the editors have chosen to divide the book into three parts. The first looks at the concepts involved in the discussion of moral capacity; the second considers the role of moral capacity in the lives of professionals; and the final part reflects on case studies of moral capacity or incapacity illustrating the challenge that moral capacity presents - its definition lying between two seemingly incommensurable models, those of the threshold and continuum.
This volume takes a multidisciplinary approach to the subject, and ties the disciplines of medicine, philosophy and law into the health context. It will be of interest to medical health professionals as well as researchers working in the areas of philosophy and law.


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Editors and affiliations

  • David C. Thomasma
    • 1
  • David N. Weisstub
    • 2
  1. 1.Loyola University Chicago Medical CenterMaywoodUSA
  2. 2.University of Montreal School of MedicineMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6677-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2552-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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