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The Elimination of Morality

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Striking at the root of what the dominant conception of medical ethics is, this book offers a criticism of utilitarianism, with an argument for the futility of bioethics.

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"The Elimination of Morality" poses a fundamental challenge to the dominant conception of medical ethics. In this controversial and timely study, Anne Maclean addresses the question of what kind of contribution philosophers can make to the discussion of medico-moral issues and the work of health care professionals. She establishes the futility of bioethics by challenging the conception of reason in ethics which is integral to the utilitarian tradition. She argues that a philosophical training confers no special authority to make pronouncements about moral issues, and proposes that pure utilitarianism eliminates the essential ingredients of moral thinking.
Maclean also exposes the inadequacy of a utilitarian account of moral reasoning and moral life, dismissing the claim that reason demands the rejection of special obligations. She argues that the utilitarian drive to reduce rational moral judgment to a single form is ultimately destructive of moral judgment as such. This vital discussion of the nature of medical ethics and moral philosophy will be important reading for anyone interested in the fields of health care ethics and philosophy.

First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Preface 1.Introduction: Utilitarianism and the New Sophistry 2.'Persons': The Futility of Bioethics 3.People 4.REASON and Reasons 5.The Policy of Maximising Lives 6.Plain Murder 7.The Value of Life 8.How to Ignore Moral Thinking 9.Values, Preferences, and Fanaticism 10.Unmasking Medical Ethics Notes Suggestions for Further Reading Index

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Titre: The Elimination of Morality
Code EAN: 9780415095389
ISBN: 978-0-415-09538-9
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Philosophie
nombre de pages: 232
Poids: 318g
Taille: H216mm x B140mm
Année: 1993
Auflage: New.


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