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Progress in Bioethics: Science, Policy, and Politics (Basic Bioethics) 1st Edition

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"Finally we have a thorough exploration of the nature and implications of a progressive approach to bioethics, a needed counterweight to conservative attitudes toward science. Progress in Bioethics deserves a place on the shelf of every thoughtful person interested in the intersection of science, ethics, and public policy." -- Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science



"This volume is a "veritable manifesto" of the progressivist bioethicist perspective on the major issues of the bioethical movement today." -- Edmund D. Pellegrino, The Quarterly Review of Biology



"The essays in this book are beautifully written, with each author presenting a well-reasoned thesis in an eloquent and passionate yet respectful and civil manner. In an age in which controversy is all too often accompanied by confrontation and argumentative discourse, the overall tone of this anthology is refreshing. The book successfully meets the goal of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of progressivism in bioethics...For scholars, clinicians, and policy-makers whose work is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the primary intellectual debate in bioethics, Progress in Bioethics offers a provocative and stimulating educational experience." -- Andrew R. Barnosky, Journal of the American Medical Association

About the Author

Jonathan D. Moreno is David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics and of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Sam Berger is an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

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Product Details

  • Series: Basic Bioethics
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (October 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262134888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262134880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,117,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin T. Keith on June 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a stimulating and timely collection of essays on the relationship between progressive political thought and contemporary bioethics, by a group of leading figures in the field. It addresses the nature of political progressivism and its relationship to bioethics, the intersection between bioethics and politics, both contemporary and in the past, and the landscape of contemporary policy and cultural debates in bioethics. The process of bioethics policy-making is also covered with insight by experienced players.

The contributors offer a range of perspectives on both progressivism and bioethics. There are distinct points of view on the stance progressives should adopt toward policy, political activism, technology, religion, and other issues that shape the field. Though collectively they exhibit a general compatibility of viewpoint, these essays offer competing visions of what constitutes "progressivism" and what that implies for any given point of controversy. The reader is ineluctably drawn to interrogate and engage with the perspectives offered, and in this way the volume creates a conversation, both among the authors and with the reader as well.

This volume will be a must-read for politically-engaged bioethicists and others interested in bioethics issues seen from a progressive perspective. It serves as a useful and provocative starting-point for debates over progressivism and its relationship to policymaking, and over the current state of bioethics and the political environment in which its debates are conducted. The content is uniformly sophisticated, insightful, and intriguing.

Strongly recommended.
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