Fragmentation and Consensus
Communitarian and Casuist Bioethics
Mark G. Kuczewski analyzes the origins and methods of these two approaches and forges from them a new unified approach. This approach takes the communitarian notion of the person as its starting point but also relies upon the narrative and analogical tools of case-based reasoning. He separates out the rhetoric that is incongruent with the Aristotelian aspirations of each method to show that the two are complementary, and that consensus can emerge from fragmentation.
He then applies his resulting method to three major problems in bioethics: the difficulties that the issue of personal identity poses for advance directives, the role of the family in medical decision making, and the refusal of treatment because of religious beliefs. He analyzes the need to assume a communitarian notion of the person as a starting point for the application of casuistic insights.
Combining theoretical, practical, and scholarly insights, this book will be of interest to philosophers, political and social scientists, and bioethicists.
About the Author
"An original and subtle moral theory. . . . an interesting and valuable synthesis of two important approaches to bioethics. . . It will be of interest to anyone interested in the foundations of bioethics."—Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
"May be the best book ever written about the relationship between theory and practice in bioethics. . . . essential reading for a new generation of scholars."—Glenn McGee, associate director, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics
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