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Bioethics An Anthology

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2021-09-08
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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The new edition of the classic collection of key readings in bioethics, fully updated to reflect the latest developments and main issues in the field 

For more than two decades, Bioethics: An Anthology has been widely regarded as the definitive single-volume compendium of seminal readings on both traditional and cutting-edge ethical issues in biology and medicine. Acclaimed for its scope and depth of coverage, this landmark work brings together compelling writings by internationally-renowned bioethicist to help readers develop a thorough understanding of the central ideas, critical issues, and current debate in the field.

Now fully revised and updated, the fourth edition contains a wealth of new content on ethical questions and controversies related to the COVID-19 pandemic, advances in CRISPR gene editing technology, physician-assisted death, public health and vaccinations, transgender children, medical aid in dying, the morality of ending the lives of newborns, and much more. Throughout the new edition, carefully selected essays explore a wide range of topics and offer diverse perspectives that underscore the interdisciplinary nature of bioethical study. Edited by two of the field’s most respected scholars, Bioethics: An Anthology:

  • Covers an unparalleled range of thematically-organized topics in a single volume
  • Discusses recent high-profile cases, debates, and ethical issues
  • Features three brand-new sections: Conscientious Objection, Academic Freedom and Research, and Disability
  • Contains new essays on topics such as brain death, life and death decisions for the critically ill, experiments on humans and animals, neuroethics, and the use of drugs to ease the pain of unrequited love
  • Includes a detailed index that allows the reader to easily find terms and topics of interest

Bioethics: An Anthology, Fourth Edition remains a must-have resource for all students, lecturers, and researchers studying the ethical implications of the health-related life sciences, and an invaluable reference for doctors, nurses, and other professionals working in health care and the biomedical sciences.

Author Biography

UDO SCHÜKLENK is Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics and Public Policy, Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He has held academic appointments in Australia, the UK, and South Africa, and is a long-serving Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Bioethics, the official publication of the International Association of Bioethics.

PETER SINGER is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, USA. He is best known as the author of Animal Liberation, widely considered to be the founding statement of the animal rights movement, and for his role in inspiring the growth of effective altruism.

Table of Contents





Part I      Abortion




1.            Abortion and Infanticide Michael Tooley


2.            A Defense of Abortion Judith Jarvis Thomson


3.            The Wrong of Abortion  Patrick Lee and Robert George

From Andrew I. Cohen and Christopher Health Wellman, eds., Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014),


4.            Why Abortion is Immoral Don Marquis


Part II    Issues in Reproduction




Assisted Reproduction

5.            Multiple Gestation and Damaged Babies: God’s Will or Human Choice?

                Greg Pence


6.            The Meaning of Synthetic Gametes for Gay and Lesbian People and Bioethics too Timothy Murphy J Med Ethics 2014;40:762–765.


7.            Rights, Interests and Possible People       Derek Parfit


Prenatal Screening, Sex Selection and Cloning


8.            Genetics and Reproductive Risk: Can Having Children Be Immoral? Laura M. Purdy            


9             Sex Selection and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

                The Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine


10.          Sex Selection and Preimplantation Diagnosis Julian Savulescu and Edgar Dahl


11.          Why We Should Not Permit Embryos to be Selected as Tissue Donors

                David King


12.          Cloning, Tooley


Part III                   Genetic Manipulation




13.          Questions About Some Uses of Genetic Engineering Jonathan Glover


14.          The Moral Significance of the Therapy-Enhancement Distinction in Human             Genetics David B. Resnik


15.          In Defense of Posthuman Dignity Nick Bostrom  


16.          Francis Collins, “Statement on NIH funding of research using gene-editing technologies in human embryos,” https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/statement-nih-funding-research-using-gene-editing-technologies-human-embryos


17.          Cavaliere, G. 2018. Genome editing and assisted reproduction: curing embryos, society or prospective parents.  Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 21: 215-225.


18.          R Alta Charo. Who’s afraid of the big bad (germline editing) wolf?


19.           Julian Savulescu & Peter Singer “An ethical pathway for gene editing,” Bioethics  33 (2): 221-222 (2019).



Part IV                  Life and Death Issues




20.          The Sanctity of Life          Jonathan Glover              


21.          Declaration on Euthanasia  Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


Killing and Letting Die


22.          Active and Passive Euthanasia James Rachels


23.          The Morality of Killing: A Traditional View Germain Grisez and Joseph M. Boyle, Jr.


24.          Is Killing No Worse Than Letting Die? Winston  Nesbitt


25.          Why Killing Is Not Always Worse Than Letting Die Helga Kuhse


26.          Moral Fiction and Medical Ethics Franklin Miller, Robert Truog and Dan Brock





27.          Robert Sade, “Can a physician ever justifiably euthanize a severely disabled neonate?” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 149, p. 532 (2015).


28.          Gilbert Meilaender, “No to infant euthanasia,” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 149, pp. 533-4 (2015).


29.          Udo Schuklenk, “Physicians can justifiably euthanize certain severely impaired neonates,” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 149, pp. 535-7 (2015).


30.          Gary Comstock, “You Should not have let your baby die” The New York Times (The Stone) July 12 ,2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/opinion/you-should-not-have-let-your-baby-die.html


31. Giubilini & Minerva: post birth abortion


32.          Christopher Kaczor, “Does a human being gain the right to live after he or she is born?” from Kaczor, “Abortion as a Human Rights Violation,” in Greasley and Kaczor, Abortion Rights: For and Against, Cambridge UP, 2018, pp. 92-98.


33.          Wilkinson, D, Savulescu, J. 2018. Hard lessons: learning from the Charlie Card case. Journal of medical ethics 44: 438-442.

Brain Death


34.          A Definition of Irreversible Coma               Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death



35.          The President’s Council on Bioethics, “The Philosophical Debate,” from Controversies in the Determination of Death, pp.49-68.


36.          Peter Singer, 2018. The challenge of brain  death for the sanctity of life ethic. Ethics & Bioethics in Central Europe 8(3-4): 153-165.


37.          McMahan, J. 2006. Alternative to Brain Death. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 34: 44-48.(using only the section “An Alternative Understanding of Brain Death,” pp.47-8, with some editing, to remove references to the earlier section.)


Advance Directives


38.          Life Past Reason Ronald Dworkin


39.          Dworkin on Dementia: Elegant Theory, Questionable Policy Rebecca Dresser


Voluntary Euthanasia and Medically Assisted Suicide


40.          The Note             Chris Hill


41.          When Self-Determination Runs Amok     Daniel Callahan


42.          When Abstract Moralizing Runs Amok John Lachs


43.          Steinbock, B. 2017. Physician-assisted death and severe, treatment-resistant depression. Hastings Center Report 47(5): 30-42. [Steinbock has agreed to update]

44.          Rooney, W, Schuklenk, U, Vathorst, S vd. 2018. Are concerns about irremediableness, vulnerability, or competence sufficient to exclude all psychiatric patients from medical aid in dying? Health Care Analysis 26: 326-343



Part V:                  Resource Allocation




45.          Peter Singer, Lucy Winkett. In a pandemic, should we save younger lives?



46.          The Value of Life               John Harris


47.          Bubbles under the Wallpaper: Healthcare Rationing and Discrimination

                Nick Beckstead and Toby Ord


48.          Rescuing Lives: Can’t We Count?               Paul T. Menzel


49.          Should Alcoholics Compete Equally for Liver Transplantation?

                Alvin H. Moss and Mark Siegler





Part VI:                 Obtaining Organs




50.          Organ Donation and Retrieval: Whose Body is it Anyway? Eike-Henner Kluge


51.          The Case for Allowing Kidney Sales           Janet Radcliffe-Richards et al


52.          Ethical Issues in the Supply And Demand of Human Kidneys

                Debra Satz


53.          The Survival Lottery        John Harris




Part VII:                Ethical Issues in Research




Experimentation with Humans


54.          The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1978, pp. 1-20.


55.          Scientific Research is a Moral Duty           John Harris


56.          Participation in research is an imperfect moral duty: a response to John Harris    Sandra Shapshay and Kenneth D. Pimple


57.          Unethical Trials of Interventions to Reduce Perinatal Transmission of Human        Immunodeficiency Virus in Developing Countries Peter Lurie and Sidney M. Wolf


58.          We’re Trying to Help Our Sickest People, Not Exploit Them

                Danstan Bagenda and Philippa Musoke-Mudido


59.          Pandemic Ethics: The Case for Risky Research Peter Singer and Richard Yetter Chappell,




Experimentation with Animals


60.          Duties Towards Animals Immanuel Kant


61.          A Utilitarian View Jeremy Bentham


62.          Nathan Nobis, "Harmful, Nontherapeutic Use of Animals in Research is Morally Wrong," American Journal of the Medical Sciences, October 2011, vol. 342, no. 4, pp. 297-304


63.          Dario Ringach, "Use of Nonhuman Animals in Biomedical Research," American Journal of the Medical Sciences, October 2011, vol. 342, no. 4, pp. 305-313


64.          Neuhaus, CP. 2018. Ethical issues when modelling brain disorders in non-human primates. Journal of medical ethics 44: 323-327



Academic Freedom and Research


65.          J.S. Mill, On Liberty, Ch II “Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion” (extract) First published 1859


66.          Janet Kourany,”Should some knowledge be forbidden: the case of cognitive differences research” Philosophy of Science, 83 (December 2016) pp. 779–790.


67.          James Flynn “Academic freedom and race: You ought not to believe what you think may be true” Journal of Criminal Justice (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.05.010



Part VIII:                                              Public Health Issues




68.          Ethics and Infectious Diseases Michael Selgelid


69.          XDR-TB in South Africa: No Time for Denial or Complacency

                J.A. Singh, R. Upshur, Nesri Padayatchi


70.          VIjayaprasad GopIChandran Clinical ethics during the Covid-19 pandemic: Missing the trees for the forest


71.          Giubilini, A, Douglas, T, Savulescu, J. 2018. The moral obligation to be vaccinated: utilitarianism, contractualism and collective easy rescue. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 21: 547-560.


72.          Levy, N. 2019. Taking Responsibility for Responsibility. Public Health Ethics https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phz001


Part IX:                 Ethical Issues in the Practice of                                                                   Healthcare




When do doctors have a duty to treat?


73.          U Schuklenk. What health care professionals owe us: why their duty to treat during a pandemic is contingent on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Journal of medical ethics


74.          Conscientious Objection in Health Care, Mark Wicclair, from Ethics in Practice: An Anthology, Fifth Edition, edited by Hugh LaFollete, Wiley, forthcoming, 2020.        


75.          Schuklenk, U. 2018. Conscientious objection in medicine: accommodation versus professionalism and the public good. British Medical Bulletin 126: 47-56.




76.          Confidentiality in Medicine: A Decrepit Concept Mark Siegler


77.          KIPNIS




78.          On a Supposed Right to Lie from Altruistic Motives           Immanuel Kant


79.          Should Doctors Tell the Truth?   Joseph Collins


80.          On Telling Patients the Truth       Roger Higgs




Informed Consent and Patient Autonomy


81.          On Liberty, Chapter I (extract) John Stuart Mill


82.          from Schloendorff v. New York Hospital Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo


83.          Informed Consent: Its History, Meaning, and Present Challenges Tom L.Beauchamp


84.          The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Different Cultures Ruth Macklin


85.          Maura Priest. 2019. Transgender children and the right to transition: medical ethics when parents mean well but cause harm. AJOB 19: 45-59


86.          Amputee by Choice Carl Elliot


87.          Rational Desires and the Limitations of Life-Sustaining Treatment

                Julian Savulescu



Part X  Disability


88.          Elizabeth Barnes, “Valuing Disability, Causing Disability,” Ethics, 125 (2014) pp, 88-113


89.          Greg Bognar “Is Disability Mere Difference”  J Med Ethics 2016;42:46–49


90.          Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion:            A Challenge to Practice and Policy             Adrienne Asch [moved from prenatal screening section]


91.          Renata Lindeman, “Down syndrome screening isn’t about public health. It’s about eliminating a group of people.” Washington Post, June 16, 2015


92.          Ruth Marcus, “I would have aborted a fetus with Down syndrome: women need that right.” Washington Post, March 9, 2018.

Part XI:                                 Neuroethics




93.          Neuroethics: Ethics and the Sciences of the Mind               N. Levy


94.          Engineering Love Julian Savulescu and Anders Sandberg


95.         Unrequited Love Hurts Francesca Minerva forthcoming in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics


96.          GLANNON


97.          KRAEMER


98 .         GOERING & YUSTE

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