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The Resource What it means to be human : the case for the body in public bioethics, O. Carter Snead

What it means to be human : the case for the body in public bioethics, O. Carter Snead

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What it means to be human : the case for the body in public bioethics
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What it means to be human
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the case for the body in public bioethics
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O. Carter Snead
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eng
Summary
"The natural limits of the human body make us vulnerable and therefore dependent, throughout our lives, on others. Yet American law and policy disregard these stubborn facts, with statutes and judicial decisions that presume people to be autonomous, defined by their capacity to choose. As legal scholar O. Carter Snead points out, this individualistic ideology captures important truths about human freedom, but it also means that we have no obligations to each other unless we actively, voluntarily embrace them. Under such circumstances, the neediest must rely on charitable care. When it is not forthcoming, law and policy cannot adequately respond. What It Means to Be Human makes the case for a new paradigm, one that better represents the gifts and challenges of being human. Inspired by the insights of Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor, Snead proposes a vision of human identity and flourishing that supports those who are profoundly vulnerable and dependent: children, the disabled, and the elderly. To show how such a vision would affect law and policy, he addresses three complex issues in bioethics: abortion, assisted reproductive technology, and end-of-life decisions. Avoiding typical dichotomies of conservative-versus-liberal and secular-versus-religious, Snead recasts debates over these issues and situates them within his framework of embodiment and dependence. He concludes that, if the law is built on premises that reflect the fully lived reality of life, it will provide support for the vulnerable, including the unborn, mothers, families, and those nearing the end of their lives. In this way, he argues, policy can ensure that people have the care they need in order to thrive. Provocative and consequential, in What It Means to Be Human Snead rethinks how the law represents human experiences so that it might govern more wisely, justly, and humanely"--
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Snead, O. Carter
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  • Human body
  • Bioethics
  • Abortion
  • Human reproductive technology
  • Terminal care
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Medical laws and legislation
  • Abortion
  • Bioethics
  • Human body
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Human reproductive technology
  • Medical laws and legislation
  • Terminal care
  • United States
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What it means to be human : the case for the body in public bioethics, O. Carter Snead
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
A genealogy of American public bioethics -- An anthropological solution -- In cases of abortion -- Assisted reproduction -- Death and dying
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780674987722
Lccn
2020011111
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
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(OCoLC)1141431596
Label
What it means to be human : the case for the body in public bioethics, O. Carter Snead
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A genealogy of American public bioethics -- An anthropological solution -- In cases of abortion -- Assisted reproduction -- Death and dying
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780674987722
Lccn
2020011111
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
System control number
(OCoLC)1141431596

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