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Buchanan, Allen E. 1948-

Works: 116 works in 435 publications in 3 languages and 15,716 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Allen E Buchanan
Better than human : the promise and perils of enhancing ourselves by Allen E Buchanan( )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 1,742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Better than Human, philosopher-bioethicist Allen Buchanan grapples with the ethical dilemmas of the biomedical enhancement revolution. Biomedical enhancement revolution. Biomedical enhancements can make us smarter, have better memories, be stronger, quicker, have more stamina, live much longer, avoid the frailties of aging, and enjoy richer emotional lives. In spite of the benefits that biomedical enhancements may bring, many people instinctively reject them. Some worry that we will lose something important--our appreciation for what we have or what makes human beings distinctively valuable
States, nations, and borders : the ethics of making boundaries by Allen E Buchanan( )

15 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume examines comparatively the views and principles of seven prominent ethical traditions on one of the most pressing issues of modern politics - the making and unmaking of state and national boundaries. The traditions represented are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, natural law, Confucianism, liberalism and international law. Each contributor, an expert within one of these traditions, shows how that tradition can handle the five dominant methods of altering state and national boundaries: conquest, settlement, purchase, inheritance and secession. Written by a distinguished group of international specialists this volume is unique in providing both in-depth normative and comparative perspectives on a troubling question that will offer readers real insight into inter-tradition conflict. Those readers will range from upper-level undergraduates to scholars in such fields as philosophy, political science, international relations and comparative religion
Human rights, legitimacy, and the use of force by Allen E Buchanan( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The thirteen essays by Allen Buchanan collected here are arranged in such a way as to make evident their thematic interconnections: the important and hitherto unappreciated relationships among the nature and grounding of human rights, the legitimacy of international institutions, and the justification for using military force across borders. In Human Rights, Legitimacy, and the Use of Force Buchanan makes the case for a holistic, systematic approach, and in so doing constitutes a major contribution at the intersection of international political philosophy and international legal theory."--Jacket
From chance to choice : genetics and justice by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book probes the implications of advances in genetics. The authors ask how they should affect our understanding of distributive justice, equality in opportunity, the rights and obligations as parents, the meaning of disability, and the role of the concept of human nature in ethical theory and practice." "The book offers a historical context to contemporary debate over the use of these technologies by providing an ethical autopsy of mankind's first attempts to use the scientific knowledge of heredity to improve human lives: the eugenics movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Appendices explain the nature of genetic causation and gene-environment interaction, and expose widespread misconceptions of genetic determinism, as well as outline the nature of the ethical analysis used in the book." "The questions raised in this book will be of interest to any reflective reader concerned about science and society and the rapid development of biotechnology, as well as to professionals in such areas as philosophy, bioethics, medical ethics, health management, law, and political science."--Jacket
Justice and health care : selected essays by Allen E Buchanan( )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume Allen Buchanan collects ten of his most influential essays on justice and healthcare and connects the concerns of bioethicists with those of political philosophers, focusing not just on the question of which principles of justice in healthcare ought to be implemented, but also on the question of the legitimacy of institutions through which they are implemented. With an emphasis on the institutional implementation of justice in healthcare, Buchanan pays special attention to the relationship between moral commitments and incentives. The volume begins with an exploration of the difficulties of specifying the content of the right to healthcare and of identifying those agents and institutions that are obligated to help ensure that the right thus specified is realized, and then progresses to an examination of the problems that arise in attempts to implement the right through appropriate institutions. In the last two essays Buchanan pursues the central issues of justice in healthcare at the global level, exploring the idea of healthcare as a human right and the problem of assigning responsibilities for ameliorating global health disparities. Taken together, the essays provide a unique and consistent position on a wide range of issues, including conflicts of interest in clinical practice and the claims of medical professionalism, the nature and justification for the right to health care, the relationship between responsibility for healthcare and the nature of the healthcare system, and the problem of global health disparities. The result is an approach to justice in healthcare that will facilitate more productive interaction between the normative analysis of philosophers and the policy work of economists, lawyers, and political scientists."--Publisher description
Deciding for others : the ethics of surrogate decision making by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is the most comprehensive treatment available of one of the most urgent - and yet in some respects most neglected - problems in bioethics: decision-making for incompetents. Part I develops a general theory for making treatment and care decisions for patients who are not competent to decide for themselves. It provides an in-depth analysis of competence, articulates and defends a coherent set of principles to specify suitable surrogate decisionmakers and to guide their choices, examines the value of advance directives, and investigates the role that considerations of cost ought to play in decisions concerning incompetents. Part II applies this theoretical framework to the distinctive problems of three important classes of individuals, many of whom are incompetent: minors, the elderly and psychiatric patients. The authors' approach combines a probing analysis of fundamental issues in ethical theory with a sensitive awareness of the concrete realities of health care institutions and the highly personal and individual character of difficult practical problems. Its broad scope will appeal to health professionals, moral philosophers and lawyers alike
Justice, legitimacy, and self-determination : moral foundations for international law by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

45 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book articulates a systematic vision of an international legal system grounded in the commitment to justice for all persons. It provides a probing exploration of the moral issues involved in disputes about secession, ethno-national conflict, "the right of self-determination of peoples," human rights, and the legitimacy of the international legal system itself. Buchanan advances vigorous criticisms of the central dogmas of international relations and international law, arguing that the international legal system should make justice, not simply peace among states, a primary goal, and rejecting the view that it is permissible for a state to conduct its foreign policies exclusively according to what is in the "national interest." He also shows that the only alternatives are not rigid adherence to existing international law or lawless chaos in which the world's one superpower pursues its own interests without constraints. This book not only criticizes the existing international legal order, but also offers morally defensible and practicable principles for reforming it. Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination will find a broad readership in political science, international law, and political philosophy
Ethics, efficiency, and the market by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

29 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and Chinese and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This clear and incisive book provides the ideal critical synthesis of the best thinking on one of the most important moral, social, and political issues of our time: the role of the market as a basic institution of social organization. It articulates the two main types of arguments for and against the market--efficiency arguments and ethical arguments--and examines their conceptual, empirical, and moral presuppositions, as well as their implications for capitalist, socialist, and market-socialist economic arragements. Among the many striking features of the argument is Buchanan's contention that the allegedly purely technical notions of efficiency current in the social science literature rest on unexamined ethical assumptions and that the ethical arguments offered by philosophers and political theorists depend upon unexamined assumptions about efficiency. Buchanan also contends that the problem of relativism for judgments comparing social systems is no less serious for efficiency claims than for ethical claims. This short, accessible book will raise the quality of the debate in both philosophy and the social sciences. It is an ideal introduction to its subject for students in political and social theory, economics, comparative politics, and philosophy
Marx and justice : the radical critique of liberalism by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

24 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heart of human rights by Allen E Buchanan( )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a moral assessment of the heart of the modern human rights enterprise: the system of international legal human rights. Any attempt to achieve a moral assessment of that enterprise must first evaluate the system of international legal human rights, which includes both legal norms and the institutions that create, interpret, and implement them. When philosophers have addressed the system of international legal human rights at all, they have tended to assume that international legal human rights, when they are morally justified, mirror, or at least help to realize, preexisting moral human rights. But international legal human rights, like many other legal rights, can be justified by appeal to several different types of moral considerations, of which the need to realize preexisting moral individual rights is only one. Justifying the system of international legal human rights requires not only advancing sound arguments for international legal human rights norms, but also an account of the legitimacy of the institutions of the international legal human rights system. It also requires showing that the legal rights in question should be part of a system of international law, rather than merely being included in domestic legal systems. Finally, justification also requires an account of the supremacy of international human rights law: a determination of whether and if so under what conditions, international human rights law should trump domestic law, including the constitutional law of the best existing liberal democratic states --
Secession : the morality of political divorce from Fort Sumter to Lithuania and Quebec by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This important study, the first book-length treatment of an increasingly crucial topic, treats the moral issues of secession at two levels. At the practical level, Professor Buchanan develops a coherent theory of the conditions under which secession is morally justifiable. He then applies it to historical and contemporary examples, including the U.S. Civil War and more recent events in Bangladesh, Katanga, and Biafra, the Baltic states, South Africa, and Quebec. This is the first systematic account of the conditions and terms that justify secession from a political union. But Buchanan also locates this account of the right to secede in the broader context of contemporary political thought, introducing readers to influential accounts of political society such as contractarianism and communitarianism, and showing how the possibility of secession fits into a more complete understanding of political community and political obligation. At both levels this is an important book. It will interest not just political and social theorists but any reader concerned with one of the most momentous issues of our day: the future of troubled political federations and other states under conditions of ethnic and cultural pluralism.--Publisher description
Beyond humanity? : the ethics of biomedical enhancement by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the ethical controversy surrounding biomedical enhancement: the use of biotechnologies to improve normal human capacities and characteristics. It deflates the heated rhetoric of the debate and, unlike other treatment of the topic, is informed by an understanding of evolutionary biology. The book debunks the idea that the natural is always good, and explains why and how we might need to change human nature"--Publisher description
Intending death : the ethics of assisted suicide and euthanasia by Tom L Beauchamp( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume on euthanasia and assisted suicide brings together previously unpublished works that were developed before and after a three-day conference sponsored by selected faculty from the Kennedy institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University. The essays explore philosophical, clinical, political, legal, and economic perspectives on intentionally causing death by either an active or passive means.--From publisher description
Secession and self-determination( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The many questions that surround movements for secession and self-determination are both practically urgent and theoretically perplexing. The United States settled its secession crisis in the 1860s. But the trauma and unfinished business of those events are still with us. Around the world secession and self-determination are the key issues that cause strife and instability. This volume provides an unusually comprehensive consideration of the many challenges of law and political philosophy that accompany them, and offers theoretical insights that provide guidance for policy. Among the questi
In harm's way : essays in honor of Joel Feinberg by Jules L Coleman( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For several decades the work of Joel Feinberg has been the most influential in legal, political, and social philosophy in the English-speaking world. This volume honors that body of work by presenting fifteen original essays, many of them by leading legal and political philosophers, that explore the problems that have engaged Feinberg over the years. Among the topics covered are issues of autonomy, responsibility, and liability. It will be a collection of interest to anyone working in moral, legal, or political philosophy
Conflicts of interest in clinical practice and research( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surrogate decisionmaking for elderly individuals who are incompetent or of questionable competence by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of moral progress : a biocultural theory by Allen E Buchanan( Book )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven Pinker has said that one of the most important questions humans can ask of themselves is whether moral progress has occurred or is likely to occur. Buchanan and Powell here address that question, in order to provide the first naturalistic, empirically-informed and analytically sophisticated theory of moral progress-explaining the capacities in the human brain that allow for it, the role of the environment, and how contingent and fragile moral progress can be.--
Institutionalizing the just war by Allen E Buchanan( )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book provides a new approach to theorizing the morality of war. It argues that sound moral principles regarding war-making must take into account the fact that the validity of moral principles regarding war-making can depend upon existing institutions and potential feasible institutional innovations."--Provided by publisher
The Ryukyu Islands, pre-war population and employment, census data for 1940 and 1944 (Okinawa-ken and O-Shima-gun) by Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers( Book )

2 editions published in 1950 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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From chance to choice : genetics and justice
States, nations, and borders : the ethics of making boundariesHuman rights, legitimacy, and the use of forceFrom chance to choice : genetics and justiceJustice and health care : selected essaysDeciding for others : the ethics of surrogate decision makingJustice, legitimacy, and self-determination : moral foundations for international lawEthics, efficiency, and the marketSecession : the morality of political divorce from Fort Sumter to Lithuania and Quebec
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Allen Buchanan American philosopher

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Allen Buchanan filósofo estadounidense

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Buchanan, Allen 1948-

Buchanan, Allen E.

Buchanan, Allen Edward

Buchanan, Allen Edward 1948-

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