From reason to practice in bioethics

An anthology dedicated to the works of John Harris

Edited by John Coggon, Sarah Chan, Søren Holm and Thomasine Kushner

From reason to practice in bioethics


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9623-5
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: March 2015
  • BIC Category: SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Bio-Ethics, Society & social sciences / General, Sociology, Society & Social Sciences, Society & culture: general, MEDICAL / Ethics
  • Series: Contemporary Issues in Bioethics


From reason to practice in bioethics brings together original contributions from some of the world's leading scholars in the field of bioethics. With a particular focus on, and critical engagement with, the influential work of Professor John Harris, the book provides a detailed exploration of some of the most interesting and challenging philosophical and practical questions raised in bioethics. The book's broad range of chapters will make it a useful resource for students, scholars, and practitioners interested in the field of bioethics, and the relationship between philosophical and practical ethics. The range of contributors and topics afford the book a wide international interest.


Part I: Introductions
1. Editors' introduction - John Coggon, Sarah Chan, Søren Holm, and Thomasine Kushner
2. Thought and memory - John Harris
Part II: Grounding moral arguments
3. On moral nose - Jonathan Glover
4. Hanging around with Jackson: consistency in ethical argument, and how to avoid it - Richard Ashcroft
5. The unbearable desire for explicitness and rationality in bioethics - Michael Parker and Micaela Ghisleni
6. Moral epistemology and the survival lottery -Torbjörn Tännsjö
7. Harris and the criticism of the status quo - Florencia Luna
8. The natural as a moral category - Harry Lesser
9. Making sense of human dignity - Deryck Beyleveld
10. Why we should save the anthropocentric person - Simon Woods
Part III: From ethics to policy and practice
11. Why the reasonable man is not always right? - Margaret Brazier
12. Why the body matters: reflections on John Harris's account of organ procurement - Alastair V. Campbell
13. Harris's principle of justice in health care - Ruth Macklin
14. Equality revisited - Andrew Edgar
15. The safety of the people and the case against invasive health promotion - Andreas Hasman
16. Could we reduce racism with one easy dip? What a thought-experiment about race-colour change makes us see - Margaret P. Battin
17. Against mumps, Meursault, McDonald's and Marlboro: On the immunization of children against smoking, alcohol and drugs - Inez de Beaufort
18. Killing and allowing to die - Raanan Gillon
Part IV: John Harris responds
19. Response to and reflections on chapters 3-18 - John Harris


John Coggon is Professor of Law and the Philosophy of Public Health at the University of Southampton

Sarah Chan is Deputy Director of iSEI & Research Fellow in Bioethics and Law at the University of Manchester

Søren Holm is Professor of Bioethics at University of Manchester

Thomasine Kushner is the Editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Economics

From reason to practice in bioethics

Edited by John Coggon, Sarah Chan, Søren Holm, Thomasine Kushner

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