Review of Metaphysics 35 (3):590-592 (1982)

Beauchamp and Childress here collaborate to provide a set of action-guides or principles which in their judgment apply to a wide range of biomedical problems. Their work consists of eight chapters and two appendices. In the first two chapters attention centers on the nature of a moral dilemma and moral reasoning and on types of normative ethical theories. Chapters 3 through 6 discuss the principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice, while chapters 7 and 8 deal, respectively, with the professional-patient relationship and with the role that virtues, ideals, personal integrity, and conscience have to play in the moral life. Appendix I provides twenty-nine case studies illustrating dilemmas in biomedical ethics, and reference to those studies is made throughout the text. Appendix II gives the texts of important biomedical codes of ethics.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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