Thursday, October 16, 2008

Another Bioethics Anthology

Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer, (eds), 2006. Ethics: An Anthology, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

This is another anthology on bioethics, slightly slimmer than the one I reviewed yesterday- only 738 pages. Helga Kuhse was the Director of the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University and Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. Peter Singer is a man with 'a dangerous mind' which is what a television documentary on him and his work was entitled. I would like to meet him. I have never met anyone with a 'dangerous mind.' Most people I have met have 'harmless minds.'

The 81 contributors which includes individuals and organisations are mainly philosophers, ethicists, and counsellors. I am only able to identify one doctor and one medical organisation (American Medical Association). The articles are written from a distinctly non-JudeoChristian viewpoint and offer an interesting contrast to the previous book, On Moral Medicine. Many articles have raised many points that Christian theologians have yet to identify, let alone address them.


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