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Bioethics and Secular Humanism: The Search for a Common Morality

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Engelhardt H. Tristram Jr. 206 pages. London: :SCM Press, Trinity Press International; ;1991.. $29.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(5):430. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-116-5-430_1
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How can vast differences in ethical views—on abortion, end-of-life decisions, or allocation and access issues—be understood or resolved? This question is addressed by physicians who must interact with patients, families, and colleagues faced with these problems. Must we settle for so much moral diversity and relativism that anarchy prevails, or is coercion in the name of morality the answer? In this book, Engelhardt, a physician-philosopher, further develops his answers to these questions discussed in his important book, The Foundations of Bioethics, published in 1986. In that text, he described the hopelessness of any common morality grounded in religion or familiar



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