The Philosophical Diseases of Medicine and their Cure: Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Vol. 1: Foundations

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2004 M10 29 - 406 páginas
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At all times physicians were bound to pursue not only medical tasks, but to reflect also on the many anthropological and metaphysical aspects of their discipline, such as on the nature of life and death, of health and sickness, and above all on the vital ethical dimensions of their practice. For centuries, almost for two millennia, how ever, those who practiced medicine lived in a relatively clearly defined ethical and implicitly philosophical or religious 'world-order' within which they could safely turn to medical practice, knowing right from wrong, or at least being told what to do and what not to do. Today, however, the situation has radically changed, mainly due to three quite different reasons: First and most obviously, physicians today are faced with a tremendous development of new possibilities and techniques which allow previously unheard of medical interventions (such as cloning, cryo-conservation, ge netic interference, etc. ) which call out for ethical reflection and wise judgment but regarding which there is no legal and medical ethical tradition. Traditional medical education did not prepare physicians for coping with this new brave world of mod em medicine. Secondly, there are the deep philosophical crises and the philosophical diseases of medicine mentioned in the preface that lead to a break-down of firm and formative legal and ethical norms for medical actions.
 

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CHAPTER
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CHAPTER
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CHAPTER
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CHAPTER 5
34
Theoretical and Practical Philosophical
39
Human Person Obliges the Physician
71
The Physician as Moral Agent and Further Hints at the Philosophical
82
THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON AS A UNIVERSAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS
89
the Drama of the Physicians
213
Cooperative Freedom and the Affective Dimension of the Gift
233
RATIONAL JUSTIFICATION OF AN OBJECTIVE AND PUBLICLY ACCEPTABLE
237
Are Truth and Goodness Relative?
243
Is an Objective Rational Bioethics Possible in Our Pluralistic
264
Is There a Publicly Acceptable Contentfull Bioethics?
278
ARE THERE ABSOLUTE MORAL OBLIGATIONS TOWARDS FINITE GOODS?
305
Its Contents
312

The Four Sources and Dimensions of Human Dignity and Their
115
Dignity as Object of Rational Knowledge and Answer to Some
134
THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR OR AGAINST THE BASIC GOODS AND ENDS
139
On the Totally
149
Perfections
172
Concluding Remarks
185
Physicians Nurses and Other Health Professionals as Agents in the Drama
187
Transcendent Critique of a Purely Teleological Ethics
325
EPILOGUE
349
BIBLIOGRAPHY
355
INDEX OF PERSONAL NAMES
375
SUBJECT INDEX
381
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