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The Nature and Prospect of Bioethics

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Franklin G. Miller
  • John C. Fletcher
  • James M. Humber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John D. Arras
    Pages 1-42
  3. James F. Childress
    Pages 43-67
  4. Howard Brody
    Pages 69-85
  5. Eric M. Meslin
    Pages 87-111
  6. Patricia Benner
    Pages 113-140
  7. Kathryn Montgomery
    Pages 141-178
  8. M. L. Tina Stevens
    Pages 179-196
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-206

About this book


As a field of study only thirty-five years old, bioethics has often lacked recognizable definition about what it is, what it does, what its value may be, and how one prepares to engage the discipline. In The Nature and Prospect of Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, prominent bioethicists, whose work is rooted in philosophy, religion, medicine, nursing, literature, history, and policy analysis, join together to discuss their methods and professional insights, as well as to better define the field and its future development. Writing from the perspective of their own specialties, the authors review how their personal disciplines have contributed to bioethics, debate the current and future bioethical issues they face, and identify the most significant strengths and weaknesses in the current practice of bioethics. Seeking a sound foundation for the discipline, they also consider what basic knowledge and skills are necessary to be competent in bioethics, what methods and theoretical approaches are most promising for its future development, and what issues or perspectives have been neglected. A focal point for each author is to discuss the impact of bioethics on the health care delivery system in general, as well as on the author's particular field of study.
Diverse and forward-looking, The Nature and Prospect of Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives offers students and active bioethicists alike a readily accessible, interdisciplinary survey of the field, clearly establishing what bioethics is, why it is important, what precisely bioethicists do, how they prepare for work in the area, and what the field's developing prospects may be. The book constitutes an indispensable guide for all interested in bioethical issues today.


Childress Ethical Issues Ethics Medical Ethics Religion bioethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Franklin G. Miller
    • 1
  • John C. Fletcher
    • 2
  • James M. Humber
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institutes for HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Nature and Prospect of Bioethics
  • Book Subtitle Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Editors Franklin G. Miller
    John C. Fletcher
    James M. Humber
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2003
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-709-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-144-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-370-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Life Sciences, general
    Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
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