R.M. Hare is well known both for his fundamental work in ethical theory and for his applications of it to practical issues. For this volume he has selected the best of his writings on medical ethics and related topics. The book's chief theoretical interest lies in its synthesis between utilitarian and Kantian ethics, which are shown to have the same practical consequences. The main practical thesis in the book is that we can harm possible people by preventing them from becoming actual people. This thesis, if understood and accepted, would radically alter the terms of the public debate about embryo experimentation and population policy, and (perhaps surprisingly) support a fairly liberal view on abortion. There are also general introductions to medical and psychiatric ethics, and essays on the concept of health, on the morality of experimentation on children, on health care policy, on free will, and on vegetarianism.tain kinds of actions (for example, killing innocent people) which are wrong, and nothing can make them right. ... clear one; the literature about abortion and other questions in medical ethics is of course full of similar examples. ... As an example of a practical argument which is used by absolutists, consider the following.
|Title||:||Essays on bioethics|
|Author||:||Richard Mervyn Hare|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 1993-08-26|