Hindu Bioethics for the Twenty-first Century

By S. Cromwell Crawford

Subjects: Ethics
Series: SUNY series in Religious Studies
Paperback : 9780791457801, 236 pages, October 2003
Hardcover : 9780791457795, 236 pages, October 2003

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS

1. Hindu Ethics

2. Indian Medicine

3. A Hindu Bioethical Analysis of Health/Disease and Physician/Patient Relationships in American Society

PART TWO: ISSUES AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF LIFE

4. Technology and the Womb

5. Dilemmas at Birth

6. When Parents Let Children Suffer for Reasons of Faith

7. The Ethics of Contraception

8. The Ethics of Prenatal Diagnosis for Sex Selection

9. The Ethics of the Human Genome Project

10. The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

11. The Ethics of Cloning

12. The Ethics of Population Growth

13. The Ethics of Aging: Maximizing the Quality of Later Life

14. The Ethics of Death and Dying

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Explores contemporary controversies in bioethics from a Hindu perspective.

Description

S. Cromwell Crawford breaks new ground in this provocative study of Hindu bioethics in a Western setting. He provides a new moral and philosophical perspective on fascinating and controversial bioethical issues that are routinely in the news: cloning, genetic engineering, the human genome project, reproductive technologies, the end of life, and many more. This Hindu perspective is particularly noteworthy because of India's own indigenous medical system, which is stronger than ever and drawing continued interest from the West. The Hindu bioethics presented in this book are philosophically pluralistic and ethically contextual, giving them that conceptual flexibility which is often missing in Western religions, but which is demanded by the twenty-first century's complex moral problems. Comprehensive in scope and passionate in nature, Crawford's study is an important resource for analyses of practical ethics, bioethics, and health care.

S. Cromwell Crawford is Professor and Chair of Religion at the University of Hawaii and the author of many books on Hindu ethics, including Dilemmas of Life and Death: Hindu Ethics in a North American Context, also published by SUNY Press.