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Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law

Andelka M. Phillips, Thana C. de Campos, and Jonathan Herring


In recent years, there has been renewed interest in the philosophical foundations of medical law. With advances in personalized medicine, the nature of the doctor–patient relationship is being challenged. Patients can now simultaneously be consumers, and this raises interesting questions for the law. Meanwhile, the regulation of emerging technologies is another area worthy of further scrutiny. And in the context of global pandemics, we also face new challenges. This volume brings together leading philosophers, legal theorists, and medical specialists to debate the philosophical foundations of ... More

Keywords: medical law, personalized medicine, doctor–patient relationship, patients, global pandemics, philosophical foundations

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andelka M. Phillips, editor
Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato

Thana C. de Campos, editor
Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Jonathan Herring, editor
Professor of Law, University of Oxford

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Andelka M Phillips, Thana C de Campos, and Jonathan Herring

Part A General Theories

3 The Natural Law Foundations of Medical Law

Robert P George and Christopher O Tollefsen

4 Consequentialism and the Law in Medicine

Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson

5 Justice and Responsibility

Thana C de Campos*

Part B Applications of Theories

9 Dignity in Medical Law

Charles Foster

11 Proportionality in Medical Law

Francisco J Urbina*

18 Ageing and Fertility

Pia Jolliffe and William Jolliffe

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