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The Sanctity of Human Life
Author: David Novak

ISBN: 9781589015043
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 17 March 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.2
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Heated debates are not unusual when confronting tough medical issues where it seems that moral and religious perspectives often erupt in conflict with philosophical or political positions. InThe Sanctity of Human Life, Jewish theologian David Novak acknowledges that it is impossible not to take into account the theological view of human life, but the challenge is how to present the religious perspective to nonreligious people. In doing so, he shows that the two positions -- the theological and the philosophical -- aren't as far apart as they may seem.

Novak digs deep into Jewish scripture and tradition to find guidance for assessing three contemporary controversies in medicine and public policy: the use of embryos to derive stem cells for research, socialized medicine, and physician-assisted suicide. Beginning with thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Nietsche, and drawing on great Jewish figures in history -- Maimonides, Rashi, and various commentators on the Torah (written law) and the Mishnah (oral law) -- Novak speaks brilliantly to these modern moral dilemmas.

The Sanctity of Human Life

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