By John Howie
The second one quantity in utilized ethics in accordance with the prestigious Wayne Leys Memorial Lectureship Series. With instructions from criminal reasoning, Michael D. Bayles examines “Moral conception and Application.” Abraham Edel questions “Ethics utilized Or behavior Enlightened?” The past due Warner A. Wick exhibits in “The solid individual and the great Society: a few beliefs silly and another way” that devotion to beliefs needn't be both fanaticism or foolishness. John Lachs contends that many public earnings are bought on the fee of people being manipulated in “Public profit, inner most Costs.” James E. Childress in “Gift of Life…” considers moral concerns in acquiring and allotting human organs. Carl Wellman in “Terrorism and ethical Rights” argues that there could be no “rights-based justification” for anti-abortion terrorism.
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In sum, the suggested pragmatic eclecticism does not offer a viable method. It does not seek ethically correct principles, only those that will in fact be accepted and resolve conflicts. It accepts without criticism the values, aims, and desires of people involved in a problem, that is, those who can prevent or influence action. It may not require consistency, and even if it does, has no adequate criterion of relevant similarity. It is conceptually blind to the import of radically different moral premises.
It can also have some possible pitfalls. First, for a couple of reasons, brief practical exposure might not be typical. Those practitioners willing to take on students are not likely to be a representative sample. Among physicians, they are apt to be especially aware of ethical questions and thus treat their patients differently from most physicians. They are apt to be much more sensitive than a physician who saw no difficulty about the capacity of subjects to consent to experimental drug therapy, even though many of them did not know the day of the week or what a fork was for.
More than seventy of his articles have been published in professional journals. Abraham Edel, Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania since 1974, served for more than forty years as an outstanding teacher at the City University of New York. Recipient of numerous academic and professional honors, Edel is the author or editor of a dozen books, including The Theory and Practice of Philosophy (1946), Ethical Judgment: The Use of Science in Ethics (1955), Anthropology and Ethics (with May Edel, 1959; rev.
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