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The Ends of Human Life

The Ends of Human Life

Medical Ethics in a Liberal Polity

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

ISBN 9780674253261

Publication date: 08/19/1998

Ezekiel Emanuel, trained as both a physician and a political theorist, rejects the claim that most of today’s dilemmas of medical ethics are created by advances in medical technology. He maintains that the seemingly endless debates are the inevitable consequence of liberal political values. He proposes an alternative ideology, a liberal communitarianism that imagines a federation of political communities dedicated to democratic deliberations to guide the formulation of laws and policies.


  • An important work in medical ethical theory… This is a volume that must be read, analyzed, and responded to by every person serious about the future of medical ethics.

    —Robert M. Veatch, Journal of the American Medical Association

Book Details

  • 320 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press