The Best of Bioethics: The Prophetic and the Priestly
Childress, James F.
Hastings Center Report. 1990 Nov/Dec; 20(6): 18-19.
The very richness of bioethics as a committedly interdisciplinary domain of inquiry raises a special problem: too many books, papers, and conferences; too little time to read, contemplate, and appreciate their contributions. Thus we asked scholars in contributing fields -- religious studies [Childress], philosophy [Dan Brock], the life sciences [Mark Lappe], medicine [Lawrence J. Schneiderman], law [Jane Greenlaw], and literary studies [Charles Radey] -- to share their thoughts on issues that have recently come to the fore, and to direct us to some of the literature we ought not to have missed.
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Childress, James F. (1990)Childress defends the principle of respect for personal autonomy as one among several important moral principles in biomedical ethics. His main argument focuses on the autonomy principle as "an important moral limit and ...