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Review: The Politics of Communities: A Review of H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.'s "The Foundations of Bioethics"

Reviewed Work: The Foundations of Bioethics by H. Tristham Engelhardt, Jr.
Review by: Christine Overall
Hypatia
Vol. 4, No. 2, Feminist Ethics & Medicine (Summer, 1989), pp. 179-185
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3809814
Page Count: 7
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The Politics of Communities: A Review of H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.'s "The Foundations of Bioethics"
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Abstract

This review essay examines H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.'s The Foundations of Bioethics, a contemporary nonfeminist text in mainstream biomedical ethics. It focuses upon a central concept, Engelhardt's idea of the moral community and argues that the most serious problem in the book is its failure to take account of the political and social structures of moral communities, structures which deeply affect issues in biomedical ethics.

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