Life Science Ethics

Gary L. Comstock
Springer, 2010 M11 20 - 514 páginas
This second edition of Life Science Ethics includes four essays not found in the first edition: · Richard Haynes on "Animals in Research" · Stephen M. Gardiner on "Climate Change" · Christopher Kelty on "Nanotechnology" · Gary Comstock on "Genetically Modified Foods" and a revised and expanded version of the chapter on "Farms" in which Stephen Carpenter joins Charles Taliaferro as author. In addition, Part III has been thoroughly revised with the goal of focusing attention on salient examples. Three new case studies have been added: · Robert Streiffer and Sara Gavrell Ortiz on "Enviropigs" · Donald F. Boesch, et al. on "Coastal Dead Zones" · Deb Bennett-Woods on "Nanotechnology and Human Enhancement" The first edition was praised for providing instructors with a stimulating text that will help students hone their critical thinking skills. That text is here enhanced with treatments of critical new issues, including global warming, nanotechnology, and the possibility that bioengineering may be able to change human nature. The new edition includes classroom discussion questions for use in provoking and guiding in-class discussions. Part I introduces ethics, the relationship of religion to ethics, how we assess ethical arguments, and a method ethicists use to reason about ethical theories. Part II demonstrates the relevance of ethical reasoning to the environment, land, farms, food, biotechnology, genetically modified foods, animals in agriculture and research, climate change, and nanotechnology. Part III presents case studies for the topics found in Part II. Two appendices include exercises to help students learn systematic ways of thinking through ethical dilemmas and notes for instructors using the book as a text. "...cleverly designed...scholarly and readable...the approach should help capture the attention of today's undergraduates." - Agricultural Economics Gary L. Comstock is Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University, author of Vexing Nature? On the Ethical Case against Agricultural Biotechnology (Kluwer, 2000), and Editor-in-chief of On the Human at the National Humanities Center.

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Gary L. Comstock is professor of philosophy and director of the ethics program at North Carolina State University. He is best known as the founder of the Bioethics Institute, a faculty development workshop that has helped five hundred scientists around the world integrate discussions of ethics into their courses. Dr. Comstock recently published VEXING NATURE? ON THE ETHICAL CASE AGAINST AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY. It explains how, after writing essays against genetic engineering, he changed his mind to become a "cautious proponent" of genetically modified foods. He is also the editor of LIFE SCIENCE ETHICS. Prior to his current position, Dr. Comstock was professor of religious studies at Iowa State University. He has held appointments at Oregon State University; is a Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey; a past president of the Society for Agriculture and Human Values; and a popular speaker who has lectured across Europe, the US, and Canada, and in Israel, South Korea, Belize, and New Zealand. His work has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Bulgarian. In 1998 he won his College's Award for Excellence in Outreach. Dr. Comstock has served as principal investigator or project director on more than fifteen grants totaling more than a million dollars, including major awards from NSF and USDA. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from Wheaton College.

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