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Personalist Bioethics: Foundations and Applications

ISBN: 978-0-935372-63-2
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Author: Elio Cardinal Sgreccia
Foreword by John M. Haas
Translated from Italian by John A. Di Camillo and Michael Miller

Personalist Bioethics, the English translation of Elio Cardinal Sgreccia's Italian masterwork, advances "ontologically grounded personalism" in bioethics, that is, ethics built through reason upon the objective value and dignity of every human person. This is an approach that goes beyond any specific religious perspective and invokes human reason, calling us to reflect on the intimate meaning of human existence and the environment in which we live. It presupposes a metaphysics that is rationally grounded in philosophy and anthropology and has a broad range of ethical applications. Sgreccia developed this philosophical approach in response to the cultural context in which bioethics arose in the United States. This internationally renowned book will be of value to professors of bioethics and their students, members of ethics committees, connoisseurs of bioethics, and experts in any related area, be it law, philosophy, or health care. These pages will provide readers with a discussion of the basic contours of personalist bioethics, comparisons of personalism to other philosophical positions, and investigations of particular ethical topics ranging from genetic engineering to euthanasia.

With a Smyth-sewn binding for special durability, this volume will endure many years of scholarly use.

838 pages with bibliography and index

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