Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases

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Softcover, 815 pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
Third Edition, First Printing

Book Blurb

Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases, Third Edition, explores the philosophical, medical, social, and legal aspects of key bioethical issues. Opening with a thorough introduction to ethics, bioethics, and moral reasoning, it then covers influential moral theories and the criteria for evaluating them. Integrating eighty-nine readings--twelve of them new to this edition—numerous classic bioethical cases, and abundant pedagogical tools, this text addresses the most provocative and controversial topics in bioethics.

Pedagogical Features:

"Classic Case Files" describe landmark cases that shaped the debate, while news-making "Cases for Evaluation" encourage students to form their own opinions

Various text boxes: "In Depth" boxes contain additional material, illustrations, or analyses, much of it "ripped from the headlines"; "Fact File" boxes provide statistics on the social, medical, and scientific facets of a chapter's topic; and "Legal Brief" boxes summarize important court rulings and
the status of major legislation

"Key Terms" are boldfaced and boxed off within the text and then defined in a glossary at the back of the book

"Applying Major Theories" sections at the end of each chapter help students relate theories to the issues

Editorial Reviews

"Bioethics, Third Edition, is a truly top-notch book. My main reason for using it is Vaughn's extremely valuable original content in every chapter. I have recommended it to others and will continue to do so. I emphasize the price, the solid selection of readings, and Vaughn's superb pedagogical writing." ―Tristram McPherson, Virginia Tech

"I think Bioethics is an excellent text. It is well-written, the price is right, and it contains all the central topics needed." ―Joan McGregor, Arizona State University

About the Author

Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Power of Critical Thinking, Fifth Edition, (2015), Philosophy Here and Now, Second Edition (2015), Living Philosophy: A Historical Introduction to Philosophical Ideas (2014), Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Ninth Edition
(2013), and
The Moral Life, Fifth Edition (2013), all published by Oxford University Press.