From Library Journal
This book on bioethics offers a useful, relatively detailed discussion of the principles of autonomy, beneficence, justice; of the concepts of personhood, disease, confidentiality; and of issues such as abortion, infanticide, and the allocation of health care. Insofar as the book discusses ethical theory, it is simplistic and uninteresting; the author encumbers himself and us by viewing various things as matters of having a right rather than of doing what is right . Extensive footnotes provide an effective substitute for a bibliography. All things considered, a good overview for non-philosophers. Robert Hoffman, Philosophy Dept., York Coll., CUNY
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"One of the most brilliant books to appear in the field of bioethics."--The New England Journal of Medicine
"The first edition...was an excellent and influential text of nearly 400 pages. The second edition is almost 50 pages longer...; it, too, is an excellent book and promises to be as influential as its predecessor....Engelhardt's text is thoughtful, provocative, stimulating, well argued, and well written. It contains a wealth of information and is encyclopedic in its scope. It should be required reading for anyone who has any interest at all in bioethics."--Journal of the American Medical Association
"Will appeal to those who seek, not advice per se, but analysis of the intellectual justificationof clinical and policy recommendations in bioethics.... Clinicians interested in the role of ethics in health care and health care policy will find The Foundations of Bioethics worth careful study."--Annals of Internal Medicine
"Do not be deceived--this is not just another revision. This is a religiously powerful and candid reading by the author of his more philosophical arguments in the first edition of The Foundations of Bioethics. In effect he resituates the discourse of the first edition by making candid the theological presuppositions that conformed it. This is the most important book that has been written since the beginning of that strange project called bioethics."--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
"Engelhardt has done it again--the second edition of The Foundations of Bioethics presents a powerful and controversial challenge and alternative to major frameworks of bioethics. It is not possible to do bioethics responsibly without close attention to this important book."--James Childress, University of Virginia
"We need not agree with Engelhardt's major theses nor his conclusions but we must admire the impressive breadth of his scholarship, the vigorous reasoning and original thinking. Anyone concerned with the philosophical substrata of secular bioethics must read this careful revision of Engelhardt's justly acclaimed seminal book."--Edmund Pellegrino, Georgetown University
"An impressive and distinguished contribution to this difficult and controversial field. The scope of the book is wide and Englehardt maintains a high standard of argument throughout....The book is certainly challenging, and both radicals and conservatives will find parts of it uncomfortable and dangerous. Bioethics badly needs such danger, for the perils of thinking that the dilemmas of modern medicine can be navigated without risk are much greater."--The Philosophical Review (on the first edition)
"Being as it is a comprehensive treatment of the foundations of bioethics by one of the originators and seminal thinkers in the field, those who specialize in bioethics, particularly in academe, are surely obliged to read the Foundations in detail....We strongly recommend Professor Engelhardt's Foundations to all those who sit on HECs and are called upon to provide advice and counsel to those who daily confront a myriad of ethical quandries."--HEC Forum
"As a general rule, a second edition is not very different from the first. This book is an exception. It reveals a marked progression in the thinking of well-known US bioethisist H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.....This is a valuable and informative book."--Canadian Medical Association Journal
"Insightful and well written...This new edition contains new material on the allocation of scarce resources and health care reform...Includes extensive notes and references at the end of each chapter."--Doody's Journal