By Anthony Fisher

Can the Hippocratic and Judeo-Christian traditions be synthesized with modern thought of functional cause, advantage and group to supply real-life solutions to the dilemmas of healthcare this present day? Bishop Anthony Fisher discusses sense of right and wrong, relationships and legislation relating to the modern day controversies surrounding stem telephone examine, abortion, transplants, man made feeding and euthanasia, utilizing case experiences to supply perception and illumination. What emerges is a reason-based bioethics for the twenty-first century; a bioethics that treats religion and cause with equivalent seriousness, that indicates the relevance of historical knowledge to the complexities of recent healthcare situations and that provides new feedback for social coverage and rules. Philosophical argument is complemented by way of Catholic theology and research of social and biomedical tendencies, to make this an auspicious instance of a brand new iteration of Catholic bioethical writing which has relevance for individuals of all faiths and none.

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Many people talk as if conscience were a sort of angelic voice distinct from our own reasoning that comes, as it were, from outside us, even if we hear it inside our head or heart. On this view it is generally trustworthy, but we must decide whether to obey it, nonetheless. Cardinal Newman, whose life and work has been described by Pope Benedict XVI as ‘one great commentary on the question of conscience,’1 1 J. Ratzinger, ‘Conscience and truth’, in Values in a Time of Upheaval, trans. Brian McNeil (New York: Crossroad/Ignatius, 2006), pp.

Kennedy, Doers of the Word, vol. i, Tracing Humanity’s Ascent to the Living God (Slough: St€Paul’s, 1996), pp. 93–111. 26 Some of this history is told in W. , rev. edn (New York: Paulist, 1995), and Pinckaers, Sources. 27 See B. Ashley, Living the Truth in Love: A Biblical Introduction to Moral Theology (New York: Alba, 1996); C. ), A Royal Priesthood? The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002); S. € G. Jones, Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in Christian Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991); S.

Iii, Difficult Moral Questions (Quincy, IL: Franciscan, 1997); William E. May, Introduction to Moral Theology, rev. edn (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1994). Some interesting writers who might be called ‘fellow-travellers’ with much (but not all) of the natural law tradition and its ‘new’ expressions include: Robert Audi, Nigel Biggar, Gerard Bradley, David Brink, Cora Diamond, Alfonso Gómez-Lobo, Leon Kass, Mary Midgley, Thomas Nagel, Martha Nussbaum, Anthony O’Hear, Amartya Sen, Nancy Sherman, Michael Smith, Jenny Teichman and Christopher Wolfe.

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