The Ethical Canary

The Ethical Canary

Science, Society and the Human Spirit

eBook - 2004
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McGill Queens Univ Pr
Every day we hear news about medical or scientific breakthroughs and the complex ethical issues they raise. Feats that were never before possible, including cloning, genetically modifying food, mapping human chromosomes, and using animal organs for human transplants, have opened up a Pandora's box of ethical questions. Technology is advancing at such rate that the issue is not so much what we can do but rather whether we will do it. Margaret Somerville, a leading international authority on medicine, ethics, and the law, demonstrates that society must set ethically acceptable limits on scientific advances. In this controversial, and timely book Somerville sheds light on the urgent ethical and legal questions that vie for our attention. Along the way, she calls upon us to recognize the mysteries that lie at the heart of our lives and the metaphysical reality that gives meaning to life. The Ethical Canary is a major contribution to the debate about the hottest issues in ethics today, from one of the world's leading authorities.
The Ethical Canary is a major contribution to the debate about the hottest issues in ethics today, from one of the world's leading authorities.

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The founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law proposes two concepts that could help a secular society find consensus about what, if anything, it considers sacred, and what practices it considers inherently wrong. They are a profound respect for all life, particularly human life; and a deep respect for the human spirit. Her study was first published in 2000 by Penguin Books Canada. Distributed in the US by Cornell University Press Services. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă2004
ISBN: 9780773572201
0773572201
0773527842
9780773527843
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 344 pages)

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