About the Author:
------------------S. Cromwell Crawford is Professor and Chair of Religion at the University of Hawaii and the author of many books on hindu ethics, including Dilemmas of Life and Death:Hindu Ethics in a North American Context, also published by Suny press. A volume in the SUNY series in Religious Studies Garold Coward, editor.----------------S. Cromwell Crawford breaks new ground in this provocative study of Hindu bioethics in a Western setting. He provides a new moral and phiosophical perspective on fascinating and controversial bioethical issues that are routinely in the news: cloming, generic engineering, the human genome project, reproductive technologies, the end of life, and many more. This Hindu perspective is particularly noteworthy because of India's own indigenous medical system, which is stronger than ever and drawing continued interest form the West. The Hindu bioethics presented in this book are philosophically pluralistic and ethically contextual, giving them that conceptual flexibility which is often missing in Western religions,but which is demanded by the twenty-first century's complex moral problems. Comprehensive in scope and passionate in nature, Crawford's study is an important resource for analyses of practical ethics biothics, and health care.