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Bioethics in Canada

edited by Charles Weijer & Anthony Skelton

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
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    Mar 2019
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    Apr 2013
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The most accessible Canadian bioethics text that clearly demonstrates the process of moral reasoning through a breadth of expertly chosen readings

This comprehensive introduction to bioethical issues emphasizes Canadian policies, issues, and scholars. Using the human lifespan as an organizing narrative, Bioethics in Canada explores ethical theories through a diverse selection of readings discussing traditional and cutting-edge topics in the field.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Charles Weijer is a professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Medicine, and he holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Bioethics at Western University. He co-founded the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and served as its first director. He is a world-leading expert in research ethics, and in 2016 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Anthony Skelton is associate professor and member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He specializes in ethics and the history of ethics. His articles have appeared in Ethics, Journal of Global Ethics, Journal of the History of Philosophy, and Utilitas. He is currently working on a series of papers (with Lisa Forsberg and Isra Black) on adolescent refusals of life-prolonging medical treatment and on a book manuscript on Henry Sidgwick.

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a comprehensive overview of the key issues in bioethics. It covers a wide range of topic including classical topics (e.g. abortion, patient rights, etc.) and new, emerging topics, such as global health inequalities and new technologies." --Elena Neiterman, University of Waterloo

"Bioethics in Canada nicely condenses a wide range of readings on central topics in the Bioethics literature - it is appropriate for students new to philosophy, but suitably challenging that intermediate students should still find the readings relevant. Its focus on the Canadian context gives it a huge advantage over other similar texts for those of us teaching at a Canadian institution." --Joshua Brandt, University of Toronto

"Without exception, Bioethics in Canada is the best curated, most topically complete, accessible, and engaging bioethics textbook available. It demonstrates how one can think through difficult moral issues by showing how it is done by some of the best thinkers in the field." --Diane Gall, Medicine Hat College