3 New Ethics Resources

We’ve caught wind of three new great ethics resources (hat tip, Tim Macnaught): A Global Digital Library on Ethics, A Public Ethics Radio Program and the Sixth Edition of the Bioethics bible, Principles of Biomedical Ethics.

1. Globalethics.net – a new online global digital library provides users with free access to full text versions of about 200 journals and more than a million documents in the field of applied ethics.

2. Public Ethics Radio – a new online radio service hosted by the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, features 30 minute programs where an ethicist discusses a pressing practical dilemna in an accessible fashion. Programs can be downloaded as podcasts from the website and iTunes. Links to supplementary information are also provided, making this a useful teaching resource produced in Australia by CAPPA in association with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York.

3. Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Sixth Edition, by Tom Beauchamp and James Childress is essential reading for students and teachers of bioethics.

Offering the reader a window into the ever changing terrain of contemporary bioethics, Beauchamp and Childress develop and advocate four principles that lie at the core of moral reasoning in health care:

(1) Respect for Autonomy
(2) Nonmaleficence
(3) Beneficence
(4) Justice

Drawing from contemporary research – and integrating detailed case studies and vivid real-life examples and scenarios – they demonstrate how these prima facie principles can be expanded to apply to various conflicts and dilemmas, from how to deliver bad news to whether or not to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatments.

Illuminating both theory and method throughout, Principles of Biomedical Ethics considers what constitutes moral character and addresses the problem of moral status: what rights are due to people and animals, and when. It also examines the professional-patient relationship, surveys major philosophical theories – including utilitarianism, Kantianism, rights theory, and Communitarianism – and describes methods of moral justification in bioethics.

Tom L. Beaucamp & James F. Childress, 2009, Principles of Biomedical
Ethics
, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 6th Edition.

Tom Beaucamp is from the Kennedy of Ethics and Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and James Childress, Department of Religious Studies of the University of
Virginia.

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