Bioethics and the Humanities: Attitudes and Perceptions by Robin S. Downie, Jane Macnaughton

By Robin S. Downie, Jane Macnaughton

Critiquing many parts of clinical perform and study while making positive feedback approximately clinical schooling, this publication extends the scope of scientific ethics past sole challenge with legislation. Illustrating a few humanistic methods of realizing sufferers, this quantity explores the connections among clinical ethics, healthcare and matters, corresponding to philosophy, literature, inventive writing and clinical historical past and the way they could impact the attitudes of medical professionals in the direction of sufferers and the perceptions of medication, healthiness and illness that have turn into a part of modern tradition. The authors learn quite a number rules in scientific perform and examine, together with: the concept that sufferer prestige or the doctor/patient courting may be understood through quantitative scales the semblance fostered by way of scientific ethics that medical professionals, in contrast to these in different professions, are uniquely beneficent and certainly altruistic. a good textual content for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of legislation, scientific ethics and scientific healthcare legislations, Bioethics and the arts exhibits the true moral achievements, difficulties and half-truths of up to date medication.

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It was treated by philosophers as no more than the application of logical techniques to the analysis of moral language. This approach to moral philosophy was shaped by two assumptions: that moral philosophy must be sharply distinguished from anything empirical, and that it had no bearing on any first-order moral issues. Some philosophers were (and are) happy with these assumptions, but others felt that, if moral philosophy were to justify its centrality in a humane education, then it would need to engage more fully with the moral problems of real life.

The alleged facts) or at the major premise (the principle or rule derived from ‘respect for autonomy’). As far as the minor premise is concerned, it might be maintained that the alleged facts are inaccurate, mistaken, incomplete, not fully known or that they 5 Hutcheson, Francis (1725), ‘An inquiry concerning the original of our ideas of virtue or moral good’, in Downie RS (ed), Francis Hutcheson: Philosophical Writings, 1994, London: Dent, Everyman Library, pp 88–95. 36 Bioethics and the humanities do not constitute a case to which the principle applies (scope).

This application of ‘instrumental’ is far removed from baseline applications of the concept, as when we say that a hacksaw was instrumental in the prisoner’s escape or that the headmaster was instrumental in influencing the pupil’s choice of career. The baseline use of ‘instrumental’ as illustrated in these typical examples has two features: it implies that there is a causal connection between the instrument and what its use leads to, and it implies that the instrument has no place in the end brought about by its use.

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