Contemporary Issues in Bioethics (with InfoTrac)
This anthology represents all of the most important points of view on the most pressing topics in bioethics. Containing current essays and actual medical and legal cases written by outstanding scholars from around the globe, this book provides readers with diverse range of standpoints, including those of medical researchers and practitioners, legal exerts, and philosophers.
About the Author(s)
Tom Beauchamp is Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He was born in Austin, Texas. He received graduate degrees from Yale University and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1970. He then joined the faculty of the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University, and in the mid-70s accepted a joint appointment at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. In 1976, he joined the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, where he wrote the bulk of The Belmont Report (1978). Dr. Beauchamp’s research interests are in Hume and the history of modern philosophy and practical ethics, especially biomedical ethics and business ethics. LeRoy Walters was born in Illinois and spent his elementary and secondary school years in Pennsylvania. He attended a small Pennsylvania liberal-arts college, Messiah College, receiving his B.A. in 1962. After finishing a B.D. degree at the Associated Mennonite Seminaries in 1965, Dr. Walters studied for two years in Germany, one year at the University of Heidelberg and one year at the Free University of Berlin. In 1967 Walters returned to the United States and began a Ph.D. program in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. He finished his Ph.D. in Christian ethics in the spring of 1971. During the summer of 1971, Walters joined the newly-established Kennedy Institute of Ethics as the first faculty member appointed to a multi-year term. He has remained a member of the Kennedy Institute since 1971. In 1975, Dr. Walters received an appointment as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1980 and the rank of Professor in 1993. In the latter year he was also named the Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Professor of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute. During the summer of 1996 Dr. Walters accepted a three-year term as Director of the Kennedy Institute.