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Book and Media Reviews
January 2, 2008

New Pathways for European Bioethics

JAMA. 2008;299(1):97-102. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.20

New Pathways for European Bieothics offers an excellent opportunity to glimpse and to appreciate the vibrancy and diversity of European bioethics. Not surprisingly, Europeans—at least the ones writing in this book—are much more aware of the bioethics scholarship coming out of the United States than the other way around.

New Pathways is a collection that developed out of a conference in Leuven, Belgium, in 2006. The 4 editors and most of the contributors are from the Catholic University of Leuven, an ancient European university with a proud history and a strong department of bioethics. The collection is divided into 4 sections: “Social Sciences and Bioethics”; “Care Ethics”; “Bioethics, Law and Politics”; and “New Technologies and Bioethics.”