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An Introduction to Bioethics (Third Edition) [Paperback]

By Thomas A. Shannon (Author)
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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 1997
Publisher   Paulist Press
ISBN  0809136945  
EAN  9780809136940  

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A readable primer about the major bioethics issues of our time with helpful discussion questions and current bibliographical suggestions for further reading.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas A. Shannon is professor of religion and social ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of many articles and books in Catholic Social thought, bioethics, and genetics. He is the editor of a series of readers in bioethics for Sheed & Ward. James J. Walter is Austin & Ann O'Malley Professor of Bioethics and director of the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University. He has written many articles and books on morality, medical ethics, and biotechnology, including A Call to Fidelity.

Thomas A. Shannon was born in 1940 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Philosophically shallow and poorly written  Jun 15, 2001
The table of contents looked good, so I ordered this book in the hope it could be used as an inexpensive introductory text for freshman courses on applied ethics. Big disappointment: The prose is trite and awkward, and the discussion barely gets into any of the interesting philosophical arguments that I want to discuss with my students.

As an example of the abysmal quality of the discussion, consider the author's criticism of consequentialism: "The major problem of this theory is that the theory itself provides no standard by which one would measure one outcome against another. That is, while being sensitive to the circumstances, consequentialism has no basis for evaluating one outcome against another" (p. 22).

If you're looking for a textbook on bioethics, try Beauchamp and Childress's Principles or the relevant sections of a decent applied ethics textbook, such as J. Olen and V. Barry, Applying Ethics, or B. MacKinnon, Ethics. Another good choice is J. Teichman, Social Ethics. As to anthologies of readings, try Beauchamp and Walters's Contemporary Issues or Kuhse and Singer's Bioethics.


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