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Basic Bioethics

The Basic Bioethics series makes innovative works in bioethics available to a broad audience and introduces seminal scholarly manuscripts, state-of-the-art reference works, and textbooks. Topics engaged include the philosophy of medicine, advancing genetics and biotechnology, end-of-life care, health and social policy, and the empirical study of biomedical life. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged.

The Limits of Moral Enhancement

An argument that moral functioning is immeasurably complex, mediated by biology but not determined by it.

Why preterm birth rates in the United States remain high even as access to prenatal care has improved and infant mortality has steadily dropped.

Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well
Edited by Lydia Dugdale

Physicians, philosophers, and theologians consider how to address death and dying for a diverse population in a secularized century.

The Misregulation of Human-Subject Research

An argument that the system of boards that license human-subject research is so fundamentally misconceived that it inevitably does more harm than good.

When Bioethics Stole Medicine

An argument against the “lifeboat ethic” of contemporary bioethics that views medicine as a commodity rather than a tradition of care and caring.

Perspectives on the Future

Experts from different disciplines offer novel ideas for improving research oversight and protection of human subjects.

Setting Limits on Healthcare

A provocative argument that the best way to deliver high-quality healthcare to Americans is to institute a comprehensive and fair system of rationing.

Gender and the Making of French Citizenship

An argument that French adoption policies reflect and enforce the state’s notions of gender, parenthood, and citizenship.

The New Language of Global Bioethics and Biolaw

A novel and multidisciplinary exposition and theorization of human dignity and rights, brought to bear on current issues in bioethics and biolaw.

A Philosophical Defense of Limits

A nuanced discussion of human enhancement that argues for enhancement that does not significantly exceed what is currently possible for human beings.

Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies

An argument that modern liberal democracies should tolerate human enhancement technologies, answering key objections by critics of these practices.

Beyond the Bad-Apple Approach

An analysis of current biomedical research misconduct policy that proposes a new approach emphasizing the context of misconduct and improved oversight.

An Interdisciplinary Reader

Discussions of key ethical dilemmas in mental health care, including consent, trauma and violence, addiction, confidentiality, and therapeutic boundaries.

The Ethical Debate

A wide-ranging exploration of whether or not choosing to procreate can be morally justified--and if so, how.

Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

A range of views on the morality of synthetic biology and its place in public policy and political discourse.

Politics, Policy, and Ethics

The political and policy implications of recent developments in neuroscience, including new techniques in imaging and neurogenetics.

A Life in Bioethics

One of the founding fathers of bioethics describes the development of the field and his thinking on some of the crucial issues of our time.

A critical review of the debate over the still-hypothetical possibility of prenatal intervention by parents to select the sexual orientation of their children.

Exploring the Controversy

A balanced, accessible discussion of whether and on what grounds animal research can be ethically justified.

Science, Policy, and Politics

Leading scholars debate politically progressive perspectives on bioethics and the implications for society, politics, and science in the twenty-first century.

Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age
Edited by Sheila Jasanoff

Investigations into the interplay of biological and legal conceptions of life, from government policies on cloning to DNA profiling by law enforcement.

An Institutional Compromise

A balanced proposal that protects both a patient’s access to care and a physician’s ability to refuse to provide certain services for reasons of conscience.

An Introduction with Readings
Edited by Martha J. Farah

Explores the ethical, legal, and societal issues arising from brain imaging, psychopharmacology, and other new developments in neuroscience.

Improving Treatment and Understanding of the Mind-Brain

A survey of the emerging field of neuroethics that calls for a multidisciplinary, pragmatic approach for tackling key issues and improving patient care.

Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide

A new patient-centered approach to psychiatry that aims to resolve the field's conceptual tension between science and humanism by drawing on classical American pragmatism and contemporary pragmatic bioethics.

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