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5.0 out of 5 stars A rarity!
This book is amazing! it is concise, readable, comprehensive, entertaining, understandable and above all fascinating and challenging! It is written in plain English, rather than the staid academic style that I am so used to. It challenged my very beliefs - I'd not even thought about the right not to know about medical conditions. This book was exciting and one of the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Value of Harris' Life?
After reading this utilitarian account of "The Value of Life" don't think that here is an account of the value of life. You would spend your time much more usefully if you managed to find a copy of, "The Elimination of Morality", by Anne Maclean. Harris, the author of this account fails desperately to connect the dots regarding what a conception of morality really...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rarity!, 31 Jan. 2005
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This review is from: The Value of Life: An Introduction to Medical Ethics (Paperback)
This book is amazing! it is concise, readable, comprehensive, entertaining, understandable and above all fascinating and challenging! It is written in plain English, rather than the staid academic style that I am so used to. It challenged my very beliefs - I'd not even thought about the right not to know about medical conditions. This book was exciting and one of the best reads I've had in the non fiction field. I am a MSc student, but not in medical ethics. Therefore I cannot comment about the accuracy or politics of this book, as it is the only book that I've read (and re-read!!) so far in this field. All medical, nursing & midwifery students should read this book. I wish that I had it when I was in training in the late 1980s. Huge value for money. The only criticism that I have is that it needs updating in light of the new judgements about rights to be kept alive, rights to die and neonatal medicine. Buy this book now!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read, 22 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: The Value of Life: An Introduction to Medical Ethics (Paperback)
i used this book as part of my essential reading for an MA in ethics and law. Although the author clearly has his opinions, the arguments put across are very well construed and demonstrate lateral thinking. It is not too heavy in its context or likely to make you fall asleep trying to keep up (unlike some bioethics books). Even if you are not studying for a higher degree, it makes for an interesting read all the same.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Value of Harris' Life?, 7 Mar. 2009
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This review is from: The Value of Life: An Introduction to Medical Ethics (Paperback)
After reading this utilitarian account of "The Value of Life" don't think that here is an account of the value of life. You would spend your time much more usefully if you managed to find a copy of, "The Elimination of Morality", by Anne Maclean. Harris, the author of this account fails desperately to connect the dots regarding what a conception of morality really consists in. Not particularly surprising, as if you look at his background, and work, he appears anchored to a Utilitarian, Consequentalist interpretation of morality. Although Maclean's book may seem a little difficult at first, since it sets out to show just how confused Harris is by dissecting his logic, should you persevere a little it becomes quite clear that many years ago when originally writing this book Harris started down the wrong path, and continues in his confusion regardless. Causing him to misunderstand completely what Maclean is attempting to show him, and us, in her criticisms of his conception of morality. He published something of an incoherent 'rebuttal' to Maclean in the form of a paper that can be found on the web. It may seem easy to understand what Harris is telling us, but just because something is easy doesn't mean that it is correct. In the present educational climate it would appear that for most students of ethics easy-is-best, hence the new edition of Harris' account. My advice, save your money, or go with Maclean to get some sort of an understanding of how utilitarians manipulate ethical perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction, 10 Dec. 2009
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Covers all the essential topics of medical ethics and the language of Harris is really wonderful. It is easily readable and anyone with an interest in bioethics will be pleased by it since it is stimulating for extreme thoughts and far more enjoyable than other readings in the same area (principles of biomedica ethics by Beauchamp included. There were parts in the book (i.e. when Harris wonders if bestiality is unethical) that really made me smile. Down with discrimination everywhere!!
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