The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Methodology

Methodology

Introduction

Ethics cannot, and does not want to, replace moral life. It is both logically and nomologically possible to be a moral individual without engaging in ethics; and it is also possible to be both a good ethicist and a vicious person at the same time. For ethics is nothing other than the theoretical analysis of the nature of morality: of the values and goods that are to be considered moral; of acts aiming at implementing these values; and of the habits (called virtues) from which such moral acts flow. It is the nature of ethics, as a practical discipline, however, to demand that its insights be acted upon. While engaging in a theoretical discipline like theology or mathematics is an end in itself; the ...

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