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H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.


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The Foundations of Christian Bioethics

For decades, Engelhardt has alluded to the ethics that binds moral friends. While his 'Foundations of Bioethics' explored the sparse ethics binding moral strangers, this long-awaited volume addresses the morality at the foundations of Christian bioethics. The volume opens with an analysis of the marginalization of Christian bioethics in the 1970s and the irremedial shortcomings of secular ethics in general. Drawing on the Christianity of the first millennium, Engelhardt provides the ontological and epistemological foundations for a Christian bioethics that can remedy the one sidedness of a secular bioethics and supply the bases for a Christian bioethics. The volume then addresses issues from abortion, and cloning, to withholding and withdrawing treatment, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Practices such as free and informed consent are relocated within a traditional Christian morality. Attention is also given to the allocation of scarce resources in health care, and to the challenge of maintaining the Christian identity of physicians, nurses, patients, and healthcare institutions in a culture that is now post-Christian.


H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., holds degrees in both medicine and philosophy. He is professor in the Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, professor in the Department of Philosophy, Rice University, and member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. In addition to having authored over 250 articles and chapters of books, as well as having co-edited more than 25 volumes, his books include 'The Foundations of Bioethics' (2nd Ed., 1996), which has appeared in Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish, and 'Bioethics and Secular Humanism: The Search for a Common Morality', which has also appeared in Chinese. His articles have been widely reprinted and translated. He is the editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and two book series, Philosophy and Medicine, and Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture. He is also co-editor of Christian Bioethics and the book series Clinical Medical Ethics.

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