Bioethics in a Changing World is an introductory textbook for individuals who are new to the study of bioethics. This interdisciplinary field, which encompasses philosophy, religion, sociology, gerontology, psychiatry, biomedical science, law, and nursing (to name a few), has been rapidly growing and developing over the last half-century. In order to get a handle on what “doing” bioethics entails, it is helpful to start with the basic philosophical foundations of bioethical theory and then consider a variety of trenchant issues that arise from the practice of medicine and the provision of health care services within an age of technology.
In constructing this textbook, the central aim has been to guide readers in developing a clear sense of how theory and practice are linked in the dynamic field of bioethics. Though new problems and issues in bioethics are constantly arising, it is important to focus on the persistence of foundational questions that apply to new contexts.
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Jennifer A. Parks is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. Her areas of specialization include bioethics, feminist theory, and social philosophy. She has written two books, There's No Place Like Home? Feminist Ethics and Home Health Care and (with David Ingram) The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Ethics. She has also published a variety of articles which have been printed in such journals as The Hastings Center Report, Hypatia, Bioethics, The International Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Journal of Medical Humanities.
Victoria S. Wike is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Bioethics Minor at Loyola University. Her publications include: Morality and the Professional Life (Prentice Hall, co-authored with Cynthia Brincat), Kant on Happiness in Ethics; Kant's Antinomies of Reason, and articles in journals such as The Journal of Value Inquiry, Idealistic Studies, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy.
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