Pluralistic Casuistry

Moral Arguments, Economic Realities, and Political Theory

  • Mark J. Cherry
  • Ana Smith Iltis

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 94)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Moral Casuistry, Medical Research and Innovation, and Rabbinical Decision-Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Pluralistic Moral Casuistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Laurence B. Mccullough
      Pages 23-36
    3. S.J. Kevin WM. Wildes
      Pages 37-48
    4. Maureen Kelley
      Pages 65-82
  4. Jewish Medical Ethics

  5. Biomedical Public Policy

  6. Critical Application And Analysis

  7. Response To Friends And Criticisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Baruch A. Brody
      Pages 221-231
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-254

About this book


Baruch A. Brody has been one of the most important voices in bioethics over the last several decades, asking new and challenging questions about a range of problems, examining recalcitrant issues in novel ways, always with the goal of offering practical solutions to complex problems. This volume presents a sustained philosophical analysis of Brody’s contributions to biomedical ethics. The essays in this volume compass epistemological, methodological, and topical contributions to bioethics, including both application and criticism of Brody’s normative moral theory – pluralistic casuistry – Jewish medical ethics, human embryo transfer, medical futility, life and death decisions in pediatrics, euthanasia and end-of-life decision-making, the obligations of clinical researchers toward study participants, and professional integrity.

Done well, philosophical work can clarify complex issues, facilitate creative problem solving, and lead to real-world solutions to difficult situations. Each contributor carefully and critically explores Brody’s writings in biomedical ethics and the philosophy of medicine, illustrating his appreciation that thorough and critical scientific research and philosophical analysis are central to reining in the untutored human desire to ameliorate pain and suffering so that medical treatments and health care policy do more good than harm.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mark J. Cherry
    • 1
  • Ana Smith Iltis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySt. Edward’s UniversityAustin
  2. 2.Center for Health Care EthicsSaint Louis UniversitySt. Louis

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