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Bioethics and the Human Goods

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PrefaceIntroduction Part I: Foundations1. Bioethical Thinking2. Principles3. The Ethical Divide4. The Ontological Divide5. Potentiality and Genetics Part II: Issues6. Beginning-of-Life Issues7. End-of-Life Issues8. Issues in Transplantation 9. Epilogue Appendix A: The Status of the Human EmbryoPersonal statement of Professor Robert P. George, joined by Dr. Gomez-Lobo Appendix B: The Determination of DeathPersonal statement of Dr. Gomez-LoboSelected BibliographyIndex

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Alfonso Gomez-Lobo was a thinker and writer of uncommon insight and wisdom. His death was a grievous loss not only for philosophy as an academic discipline, but for truth-seeking in the cause of sound public policy on morally charged issues in our public life. Praise to John Keown, therefore, for bringing us Professor Gomez-Lobo's Bioethics and the Human Goods. It will be a valuable resource in our efforts to shape law and public policy in line with central truths about right and wrong. -- Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University Alfonso Gomez-Lobo was probably the best representative of natural law ethics that I have had the privilege of knowing. Bioethics and the Human Goods lays out the essential elements of this tradition before engaging a host of issues in bioethics, particularly around the beginning and end of human life. While disagreeing with much of the vision presented here, I cannot help admiring its moral seriousness, intelligence, and coherence. -- David DeGrazia, author of Human Identity and Bioethics and Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life, George Washington University

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Alfonso Gomez-Lobo (d. 2011) held the Ryan Chair in Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy at Georgetown University. He was a leading authority on classical philosophy and on bioethics. He specialized in Greek philosophy and historiography, the history of ethics, contemporary natural law theory, and bioethics. He was the recipient of several awards, including a research fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and was a member of the President's Council on Bioethics. His many publications include Morality and the Human Goods. John Keown holds the Rose F. Kennedy Chair in Christian Ethics in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He previously taught the the law and ethics of medicine at Cambridge University. His research has been cited by distinguished bodies worldwide, including the US Supreme Court and the Law Lords. In 2015 Oxford University awarded him the degree of DCL, or Doctor of Civil Law, in recognition of his contribution to the field of law and bioethics.


An impressive and welcome book . . . This book [is] dialectically engaged with an important and influential strand of contemporary bioethics. * American Journal of Bioethics * The book is well written and offers a different, much-needed voice in contemporary bioethics discussions. . . . [The authors] have largely accomplished the task they set for themselves [and] have presented a solid introduction to bioethics through the lens of natural law theory. * The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly * This excellent book is an ideal read for the busy clinician. * Catholic Medical Quarterly * The authors have strongly established credibility in the field and this specific topic. . . . This book meets its primary objective and can act as a great introductory resource for graduate students interested in bioethics because the philosophical arguments are assessable. When compared to other philosophical books in bioethics, this one is accessible to readers outside of mainstream philosophical bioethics and, therefore, an important contribution to the field. * Doody's Book Review *

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