Sheed & Ward
978-0-7425-5061-2 • Paperback • December 2005 • $49.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-4616-7477-1 • eBook • December 2005 • $46.50 • (£36.00)
James J. Walter is the Austin & Ann O'Malley Professor of Bioethics and Chair of The Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University. He is co-author (with Thomas Shannon) of The New Genetic Medicine: Theological and Ethical Reflections. Thomas A. Shannon is Professor of Religion and Social Ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA. He is the editor of Rowman & Littlefield's Readings in Bioethics series.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Part 2 Part One: Theological Issues
Chapter 3 Religion and Bioethics: A Value Added Discussion
Chapter 4 Playing God or Playing Human
Chapter 5 Horizon Analysis and Moral Stance: An Interpretation of Cardinal Bernardin's "Consistent Ethic of Life"
Chapter 6 The Communitarian Perspective: Autonomy and the Common Good
Part 7 Part Two: Issues at the Beginning of Life
Chapter 8 Reflections on the Moral Status of the Pre-embryo (with Allan B. Wolter, OFM)
Chapter 9 A Catholic Reflection on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Chapter 10 Cloning, Uniqueness and Individuality
Chapter 11 Reproductive Technologies: Ethical and Religious Issues
Chapter 12 Theological Parameters: Catholic Doctrine on Abortion in a Pluralist Society
Part 13 Part Three: Issues Concerned with Genetic Medicine and the Care of Ill Patients
Chapter 14 Perspectives on Medical Ethics: Biotechnology and Genetic Medicine
Chapter 15 Theological Perspectives on Cancer Genetics and Gene Therapy: The Roman Catholic Tradition
Chapter 16 The Meaning and Validity of Quality of Life Judgments in Contemporary Roman Catholic Medical Ethics
Part 17 Part Four: Issues at the End of Life
Chapter 18 Terminal Sedation: A Catholic Perspective
Chapter 19 The PVS Patient and the Forgoing/Withdrawing of Medical Nutrition and Hydration
Chapter 20 Artificial Nutrition & Hydration: Assessing Papal Statement
Chapter 21 Implications of the Papal Allocution on Feeding Tubes
Chapter 22 Assisted Nutrition & Hydration and the Catholic Tradition: The Case of Terri Schiavo
Walter and Shannon have the long experience, sure judgment, ample wisdom and deft style to carry off this creative revitalization of the Catholic bioethical heritage. They will both enlighten scholars and educate newcomers to important debates about new technologies and the state of health care today. The authors make it clear how rich are the resources Catholicism brings to urgent dilemmas in medicine and policy that should be of concern to everyone.
— Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
Two giants in contemporary bioethics provide a lucid and breathtaking analysis of how the Catholic moral tradition can shape and inform the most neuralgic issues in health care. This work offers a very practical and user-friendly study for students and scholars in the academy, for clinicians and other professionals in health care, as well as for patients and families struggling with Catholic teaching about controversies in bioethics. The authors display a profound respect for the Catholic moral tradition to enhance its influence in the high-tech culture of health care today.
— Gerard Magill, Executive Director & Department Chair, Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
Thorough, nuanced and challenging, this new work by Walter and Shannon is a welcome addition to the resources for the teaching and practice of Catholic bioethics. Nicely balanced between theoretical and “practical” considerations, Contemporary Issues in Bioethics captures the diversity of Catholic perspectives on life and death issues while showing us exactly what is lost when religious voices are missing or distorted in our public debates.
— Maura A. Ryan, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame
Offers a fresh analysis of the Catholic tradition and its place in bioethics debates
-Leading bioethicists explain the religious dimension of current bioethics controversies
-Organic treatment of bioethical issues, working from beginning to end-of-life issues that confront us, integrating ethical and theological insights into each discussion
Ideally suited for undergraduate and graduate courses in bioethics
-Numerous case studies are included to enhance the learning experience of students