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Bioethics at the Movies free pdf "Bioethics at the Movies" explores the ways in which popular films engage basic bioethical concepts and concerns. Twenty philosophically grounded essays use cinematic tools such as character and plot development, scene-setting, and narrative-framing to demonstrate a range of principles and topics in contemporary medical ethics.The first section plumbs popular and bioethical thought on birth, abortion, genetic selection, and personhood through several films, including "The Cider House Rules", "Citizen Ruth", "Gattaca" and "I, Robot". In the second section, the contributors examine medical practice and troubling questions about the quality and commodification of life by way of "Dirty Pretty Things", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", and other movies. The third section's essays use "Million Dollar Baby", "Critical Care", "Big Fish", and "Soylent Green" to show how the medical profession and society at large view issues related to aging, death, and dying. A final section makes use of "Extreme Measures" and select Spanish and Japanese films to discuss two foundational matters in bioethics: the role of theories and principles in medicine and the importance of cultural context in devising care.Structured to mirror bioethics and cinema classes, this innovative work includes end-of-chapter questions for further consideration and contributions from scholars from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel, Spain, and Australia.

About Sandra Shapshay

Sandra Shapshay is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Philosophy and affiliate faculty at the Center for Bioethics at Indiana University.

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Author : Sandra Shapshay
Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press
Data Published : 01 January 2009
ISBN : 0801890780
EAN : 9780801890789
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 380 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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