Bioethics and Moral Content: National Traditions of Health Care Morality

Papers dedicated in tribute to Kazumasa Hoshino

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
  • Lisa M. Rasmussen

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 74)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Bioethics in the Plural: An Introduction to Taking Global Moral Diversity Seriously

    1. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., Lisa M. Rasmussen
      Pages 1-14
  3. Physician Virtue and National Traditions

  4. Medical Technologies and National Bioethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Maurizio Mori
      Pages 97-120
    3. Fabrice Jotterand
      Pages 121-142
  5. Death, Culture, and Moral Difference

  6. Global Bioethics and Its Critics

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-303

About this book


Is there only one bioethics? Is a global bioethics possible? Or, instead, does one encounter a plurality of bioethical approaches shaped by local cultural and national traditions? Some thirty years ago a field of applied ethics emerged under the rubric `bioethics'. Little thought was given at the time to the possibility that this field bore the imprint of a particular American set of moral commitments. This volume explores the plurality of moral perspectives shaping bioethics. It is inspired by Kazumasa Hoshino's critical reflections on the differences in moral perspectives separating Japanese and American bioethics. The essays include contributions from Hong Kong, China, Japan, Texas, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. The volume offers a rich perspective of the range of approaches to bioethics. It brings into question whether there is unambiguously one ethics for bioethics to apply.


Ethics american bioethics applied ethics bioethics health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lisa M. Rasmussen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyRice UniversityHoustonHouston

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5658-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0902-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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