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Editor’s Pick, June 2016: Brian Earp

Our Editor’s Pick for June 2016 is Brian Earp’s groundbreaking article, “Between Moral Relativism and Moral Hypocrisy: Reframing the Debate on ‘FGM.’” Earp tackles the ethics of female genital cutting or “mutilation” (an ethically loaded term). This is a difficult topic that brings on board gender inequity, the integrity of the body, the value of cultural traditions, sexuality, […]

Book Reviews

Eula Biss, On Immunity: An Inoculation, Greywolf Press, 2014

In On Immunity: An Inoculation, essayist and author Eula Biss has given academics and clinicians interested in the public’s skepticism of vaccines, and of science skepticism more generally, a fresh look at what drives these phenomena. Despite public health’s continued success in maintaining high rates of coverage for vaccines across the United States, recent measles, […]

Book Reviews

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, Graywolf Press, 2015

Writing this review on a plane headed to a conference on queering sexuality, with newly shorn pink hair, I note to myself that I’m hitting a lot of stereotypes. I’m a philosopher, a professor of women studies, a feminist researcher, a parent who identifies as bisexual, and it’s with all these hats on that I’m […]

Book Reviews

Mark A. Largent, Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012; Mark Navin, Values and Vaccine Refusal: Hard Questions in Ethics, Epist ...

Over the last twenty years or so, vaccines have developed as one of the standard examples of major public scientific controversies, alongside climate change and genetically modified foods. This public contention has attracted scholarly attention, and the current review examines two recent attempts at such scholarly intervention. While both books have their limitations, I recommend […]

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New Book Reviews: Parens; Heath; and Solomon

New book reviews from the KIEJ are available! Versions appropriate for citation can be found in the March 2016 issue of the KIEJ at Project MUSE (subscribers only). Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing, and the Habit of Thinking — Erik Parens Oxford University Press 2014 Reviewed by Nancy M.P. King Morality, Competition, and the Firm — Joseph Heath Oxford University […]

Book Reviews

Glenn Cohen, Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2014

Glenn Cohen’s Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics offers a thorough examination of the growing practice of medical tourism, the legal regulations governing it, and the many ethical issues it raises for policy-makers, health care providers, and prospective medical tourists. Demonstrating mastery of the relevant literatures in the social sciences, law, ethics, and […]

Editor's Pick

Editor’s Pick, March 2016: Marco Annoni and Franklin G. Miller

The Editor’s Pick for March 2016 is Franklin Miller and Marco Annoni’s paper, “Placebo Effects and the Ethics of Therapeutic Communication: A Pragmatic Approach.” This paper challenges one of the most fundamental metaethical pillars of traditional bioethics: the distinction between therapy and communication about therapy. Traditionally, we think that protecting autonomy requires communication about therapeutic possibilities before […]