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Religious morality (and secular humanism) in Western civilization as precursors to medical ethics: A historic perspective

Abstract — In discussing bioethics and the formulation of neuroethics, the question has arisen as to whether secular humanism should be the sole philosophical guiding light, to the exclusion of any discussion (or even mention) of religious morality, in professional medical ethics. In addition, the question has arisen as to whether freedom or censorship should …

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God or Man as Final Arbiter of Moral Law by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

I have been following a number of neuroscience issues concerning ethics and morality for years but Dr. Miguel Faria’s observations in his article, “The road being paved to neuroethics: A path leading to bioethics or to neuroscience medical ethics,” appearing in the August 2014 issue of Surgical Neurology International, helped me understand the intricacies of …

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Philosophic Ramblings (Part II): Religion and Politics

Since the heyday of Billy Graham in the 1950s to the 1980s, Protestantism has evolved mostly to become silent on secular issues or to speak only to promulgate politically correct (PC) proclamations depending on the trendy issues of the day. I was brought up as a Presbyterian. Presbyterianism originally believed in the Elect and predestination. …

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Philosophic Ramblings (Part I): Morality and Society

The study of the nature of reality leads to the Medieval argument (conflict) between Realists and Nominalists. I will defer further discussion on that controversy for now, and instead, deal with more contemporary philosophies. Pragmatism or Idealism Existentialism was a great philosophy for the 20th century in the same fashion that Stoicism was for the …

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On the Moral Virtues and Evolving Professional Ethics: A Message to Physicians by Miguel A. Faria, MD

The Cardinal Virtues It has been written by the great thinkers of the Western intellectual tradition that the chief moral virtues — the four cardinal virtues — are courage (or fortitude), temperance, justice, and prudence. According to the modern philosopher Mortimer J . Adler, the four cardinal virtues are the virtues which constitute the moral …

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