Policy in Bioethics develops when people
can reach agreement. We make progress when we listen to each other.
About Bioethics, as the first of a series, explains the different secular and
theological approaches to Bioethics, seeking to identify strengths as well as
weaknesses because it is the strengths that produce good policy. In each
case, the assumptions and structure of the moral reasoning adopted are explored
including a reflection on the role of religion in a secular society and a
constructive approach to teaching Bioethics. The other books in the
series include Care of the Sick and Dying, Donating Human Organs and Tissue,
Man and Woman He Made Them, Motherhood and Technology, and Protecting the Human
Person. The latter is to cover a range of issues such as Experimentation
on Human Beings, Capital Punishment, Torture, Identity and Catholic Facilities
and Cooperation with Evil.
"These excellent volumes bring together a
life-time of intellectually rigorous and faithfully Catholic work in Bioethics.
As Australia's preeminent Christian scholar in the area, Tonti-Filippini has
for a generation been one of the most outspoken and sane voices in public
debates over abortion, genetic testing, the new reproductive technologies and
end-of-life decisions. A 'must read' for any health professional, ethics
student or educated layman interested in exploring these questions and emerging
from the labyrinth wiser and more compassionate."
The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of
"At St.Vincent’s Hospital, we discovered
Nick by chance; a strange name at the end of a letter to a newspaper. A person
to enter the rough and tumble of the new science of bioethics at the beginning
of the 1980s. A formidable philosopher, an articulate debater, an outstanding administrator,
a courageous defender of his religious beliefs, courteous to friends and foes
alike and deeply committed to his family and to the many institutions for which
he worked. His autobiography tells the tale of his accomplishments and his book
on bioethics reveals the depth of his knowledge and experience. This is a
publication for all seasons."
Dr Joseph N. Santamaria, Former Director of Community Medicine, St Vincent’s
Prof Nicholas Tonti Filippini BA (Hons), MA(Monash),
Ph.D. (Melb), FHERDSA, KCSG is Associate Dean and Head of Bioethics at the John
Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne. The Institute is
associated with the John Paul II Institute in Rome and the Lateran University.
It is registered as a higher education provider in Australia to provide
graduate courses in Bioethics, Theology of Marriage and Family, and Religious
Education. Professor Tonti Filippini is a philosopher who has specialised in
bioethics for the past 30 years including having been Australia's first
hospital ethicist and Director of Bioethics at St Vincent's Hospital in
Melbourne, 1982-1990. He is well known internationally and has published widely