||Everyday Bioethics: Reflections on Bioethical Choices in Daily Life
Policy, Politics, Health and Medicine, Series Editor: Vicente Navarro
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IN PRAISE OF
"The richness of the book reflects the author's long and varied experience
in medicine and public health, politics and ethics, notably as a member of the
UNESCO International Bioethics Committee and the chair of the Italian National
Bioethics Committee. His treatment of issues in this book is provocative without
being offensive, focusing on the big questions without losing sight of details.
It gives a sense of moral maturity, wisdom and good judgment that are rare
assets in spite of the considerable amount being written in this field.
Everyday Bioethics will be read with great
gain by everyone involved in bioethics, whether as academics, students or the
interested public. The question of what developments in biotechnology mean for
the everyday lives of people in very different social and cultural contexts will
be of particular interest for professionals working in public and international
health. Although the book is certainly not limited to a specifically Italian
background, it gives interesting insights into the peculiarities of national
discussions. Its bibliographical references are up to date and go beyond
publications in English, thus giving useful hints to important work that will
usually not be cited in English-language publications.
Beyond the twists and turns that the public
debate on bioethics can rapidly take, this book makes what seems destined to be
a lasting contribution. It will remain valid long after the news about the
latest spectacular biotechnological achievement has been superseded or
—Nikola Biller-Andorno, Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2003,
"This thoughtful book will be especially useful to policy makers and to teachers and students who are interested in enlarging their international understanding of bioethics."
—Priscilla Alderson, London, England, UK, Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy: A European Journal , Volume 7, Number 3
ABOUT THE BOOK
Everyday Bioethics suggests a new perspective on the relationships between
science, ethics and society. It is based upon the distinction and integration of two fields: the frontier bioethics, which examines the new
development of biomedicine; and the bioethics of everyday life, which concerns all people around the world. Indeed, moral reflection on birth,
human bodies, jobs, the gender and class relations, diseases and the treatment of the sick, death, the interdependence of human beings and other
living creatures, has a long history, as long as that of mankind itself. The ideas and values that daily permeate the minds and behaviors of all human
beings in these fields deserve the greatest attention, and are increasingly influenced by the progress of science and technology.
History, science, philosophy and politics are connected in this book, in order to explain the development of these ideas and of the incongruities
between the possibilities offered by scientific discoveries, power relations and the growing level of inequities in the world. This volume works through
the contradictions concerning procreation and birth, population policies,
work and health, the evaluation of the human body as a commodity (from slavery to the biomarket), to conclude with an historical and up-to-date
analysis of international health perspectives, suggesting why and how "global health" should become one of the main targets of a globalized world.
Human liberty, rights and dignity, equity and access to the progresses of science, respect for individuals and promotion of community interests are
the keys for an approach to everyday bioethics.
Intended Audience: Persons interested in bioethics, ethics in general, relationships between science and society, health, reproduction, the human
body, population and globalization. Teachers and students at universities and for courses in bioethics. The style of the book is intended for both the
specialist and non-specialist.
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