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    R. S. Downie (1967). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 76 (301):149-153.
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  2. R. S. Downie (1990). Professions and Professionalism. Journal of Philosophy of Education 24 (2):147–159.
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    R. S. Downie (1969/1970). Respect for Persons. New York,Schocken Books.
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    R. S. Downie & Ranaan Gillon (1987). Philosophical Medical Ethics. Philosophical Quarterly 37 (149):461.
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    R. S. Downie (1991). Literature and Medicine. Journal of Medical Ethics 17 (2):93-98.
    There are various ways in which medicine and literature interact, but this paper concentrates on the contribution which literature can make to 'whole person understanding'. Scientific understanding is concerned with seeing events and actions in terms of patterns or similarities. But 'whole person understanding' is concerned with uniqueness or with what it is for a given person to have an illness. Literature can in various ways develop this kind of understanding.
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    R. S. Downie (1968). Roles and Moral Agency. Analysis 29 (2):39 - 42.
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    R. S. Downie (1982). Rights and Responsibilities in Modern Medicine. Journal of Medical Ethics 8 (4):209-210.
  8. R. S. Downie (1994). Healthy Respect: Ethics in Health Care. Oxford University Press.
    The book offers an introduction to the moral concepts and value of health care. It is written by a moral philosopher, a doctor and a nurse and contains questions, cases and exercises which are suitable for medical, nursing and all students and commentators on health care. Moral dilemmas include consent, confidentiality, the giving or withholding of information, and the economics of health care. The issues of artificial reproduction, terminal care and the research and testing of drugs are addressed.
     
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    R. S. Downie (1965). Forgiveness. Philosophical Quarterly 15 (59):128-134.
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    R. S. Downie & F. Randall (1997). Parenting and the Best Interests of Minors. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 22 (3):219-231.
    The treatment decisions of competent adults, especially treatment refusals, are generally respected. In the case of minors something turns on their age, and older minors ought increasingly to make their own decisions. On the other hand, parents decide on behalf of infants and young children. Their right to do so can best be justified in terms of the importance of preserving intimate family relationships, rather than in terms of the child's best interests, although the child's best interests will most often (...)
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  11. R. S. Downie (1966). Objective and Reactive Attitudes. Analysis 26 (December):33-39.
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  12. Fiona Randall & R. S. Downie (1999). Palliative Care Ethics a Companion for All Specialties. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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    R. S. Downie (1997). The Rules of Insanity: Moral Responsibility and the Mentally Ill Offender. Journal of Medical Ethics 23 (3):196-197.
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    R. S. Downie (2002). Supererogation and Altruism: A Comment. Journal of Medical Ethics 28 (2):75-76.
    Supererogation can be distinguished from altruism, in that the former is located in the category of duty but exceeds the strict requirements of duty, whereas altruism belongs to a different moral category from duty. It follows that doctors do not act altruistically in their professional roles. Individual doctors may sometimes show supererogation, but supererogation is not a necessary feature of the medical profession. The aim of medicine is to act in the best interests of patients. This aim involves neither supererogation (...)
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    R. S. Downie (2007). Bioethics and the Humanities: Attitudes and Perceptions. Routledge-Cavendish.
    Critiquing many areas of medical practice and research whilst making constructive suggestions about medical education, this book extends the scope of medical ethics beyond sole concern with regulation. Illustrating some humanistic ways of understanding patients, this volume explores the connections between medical ethics, healthcare and subjects, such as philosophy, literature, creative writing and medical history and how they can affect the attitudes of doctors towards patients and the perceptions of medicine, health and disease which have become part of contemporary culture. (...)
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    R. S. Downie (1971). Roles and Values: An Introduction to Social Ethics. London,Methuen.
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    R. S. Downie (2003). Medical Humanities: A Vision and Some Cautionary Notes. Medical Humanities 29 (1):37-38.
    Stephen Pattison outlines his vision for medical humanities and then offers cautionary notes on what might go wrong with the movement. These notes are based on what he holds has already gone wrong with medical ethics, dramatically described as the “death course of a discipline”. I have a great deal of sympathy both with his anxieties about the future development of medical humanities and with his critique of medical ethics. My reasons in both cases are a little different from his, (...)
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    R. S. Downie (1963). Hope. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 24 (2):248-251.
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    R. S. Downie (1974). Education and Personal Relationships: A Philosophical Study. Distributed in the U.S. By Harper and Row.
    Chapter One Introduction: the concept of a teacher People teach each other many things in the course of their everyday lives. There is a distinction, ...
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    R. S. Downie (1985). Health, Disease, and Causal Explanations in Medicine. Journal of Medical Ethics 11 (2):109-109.
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    R. S. Downie (1986). Professional Ethics: Further Comments. Journal of Medical Ethics 12 (4):195-196.
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    R. S. Downie (1985). Three Accounts of Promising. Philosophical Quarterly 35 (140):259-271.
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    R. S. Downie & Thomas McPherson (1968). Political Obligation. Philosophical Quarterly 18 (73):378.
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    R. S. Downie (1969). Collective Responsibility. Philosophy 44 (167):66 - 69.
    In his paper ‘Collective Responsibility’ Mr. D. E. Cooper argues for the thesis that collectives can be held responsible in a sense not reducible to the individual responsibility of the members of the collective. And he uses this conclusion to support views of individual responsibility and of blame and punishment which he wishes to assert independently. Is hall argue that although there is a sense in which the actions and responsibility of a collective cannot be analysed in terms of the (...)
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    R. S. Downie (1964). Social Roles and Moral Responsibility. Philosophy 39 (147):29 - 36.
    The concept of moral responsibility has many applications. We speak, for example, of a person's responsibilities, and mean his professional or domestic commitments. In this sense a person can be said to have too many responsibilities, or none at all, and he can be said to be responsible to or for another person. Again, we can speak of the person himself as being responsible or irresponsible, and mean that he is conscientious and trustworthy in the performance of his duties or (...)
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    R. S. Downie & Elizabeth Telfer (1984). Caring and Curing. Philosophical Review 93 (1):100-104.
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    R. S. Downie (1980). Caring and Curing: A Philosophy of Medicine and Social Work. Methuen.
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    R. S. Downie (1995). Response to Seedhouse. Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (2):116-117.
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    A. M. MacIver, R. Harré, Jon Wheatley, D. O. Thomas, M. Deutscher, David Pole, R. S. Downie, R. D. Bradley & M. Kneale (1962). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 71 (282):271-287.
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    R. S. Downie (1994). Definition. Journal of Medical Ethics 20 (3):181-184.
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    R. S. Downie & R. Harre (1966). Matter and Method. Philosophical Quarterly 16 (65):408.
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    R. S. Downie (1964). Government Action and Morality. New York, St Martin's Press.
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    R. S. Downie & Elizabeth Telfer (1971). Autonomy. Philosophy 46 (178):293 - 301.
    It is often said that human beings have the ability to plan and choose what to do, can think for themselves and have the freedom and the right to form their own opinions on moral questions. Such claims are sometimes expressed by saying that the human agent is autonomous. In this paper we shall try to disentangle various theses about the autonomy of the agent which the common claims do not always distinguish.
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    K. C. Calman & R. S. Downie (1987). Practical Problems in the Teaching of Ethics to Medical Students. Journal of Medical Ethics 13 (3):153-156.
    Some practical problems in the teaching of ethics to medical students are described. The definition of the objectives of the course remains the central aspect, and is more important than the specific content. The use of student projects, buzz groups, case histories and discussion points is described. There is a need for student assessment or examination at the end of the course. The teachers require a broad background in philosophy, clinical medicine and teaching skills. The learning of the teachers may (...)
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    R. S. Downie, Ilham Dilman & D. Z. Phillips (1972). Sense and Delusion. Philosophical Quarterly 22 (87):184.
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    R. S. Downie (1982). Collective Responsibility in Health Care. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 7 (1):43-56.
    There is a widespread assumption that responsibility in health care is vested in the last resort in the individual doctor who is caring for a given patient. In the first section of this article I shall try to bring out the plausibility of this assumption, and examine the concept of collective responsibility which it allows. In the second and third sections I shall try to show the fatal weaknesses of the assumption in its unmodified form, and shall argue that if (...)
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    R. S. Downie (2003). Research on Dead Infants. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 24 (2):161-175.
    This paper examines the ethicalproblems that arise when research is carriedout after autopsy on dead infants. It comparesthe right of parents against that of the publicinterest in matters of research on dead minors. The basis for the respect that is widelyaccorded to the body of a dead person isexamined and is shown to ground the parentalinterest. A discussion of the nature of thefamily suggests that `informed consent' is notthe best term to apply to the process ofparental consultation. Some reasons areprovided (...)
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  38. R. S. Downie (1998). Medical Technology and Medical Futility. Ends and Means 2 (2):1-7.
     
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    Bede Rundle, Roland Hall, Renford Bambrough, William Kneale, J. O. Urmson, Anthony Ralls, G. J. Warnock, Ted Honderich, J. J. MacIntosh & R. S. Downie (1967). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 76 (301):137-153.
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    R. S. Downie (1993). The Ethics of Medical Involvement in Torture. Journal of Medical Ethics 19 (3):135-137.
    The difficulties of establishing a definition of torture are discussed, and a definition is suggested. It is then argued that, irrespective of general ethical questions, doctors in particular should never be involved because of their social role.
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    R. F. Atkinson, Brian Medlin, T. A. Goudge, Hidé Ishiguro, Gillian Romney, J. H. S. Armstrong, Peter Winch, R. S. Downie & Vincent Turner (1964). New Books. [REVIEW] Mind 73 (292):595-616.
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    R. S. Downie (1984). The Hypothetical Imperative. Mind 93 (372):481-490.
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    R. S. Downie & Roger Wertheimer (1973). The Significance of Sense: Meaning, Modality and Morality. Philosophical Quarterly 23 (91):185.
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    R. S. Downie (1986). Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. Journal of Medical Ethics 12 (3):165-165.
    In this book Bernard Williams delivers a sustained indictment of moral theory from Kant onward. His goal is nothing less than to reorient ethics toward the individual. He deals with the most thorny questions in contemporary philosophy and offers new ideas about issues such as relativism, objectivity, and the possibility of ethical knowledge.
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    R. S. Downie (1964). Explanation in Social Science. By Brown Robert. (Routledge and Kegan Paul. 1963. Pp. 198. Price 25s.). Philosophy 39 (148):182-.
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    R. S. Downie (1971). Personal and Impersonal Relationships. Journal of Philosophy of Education 5 (2):125–138.
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    R. S. Downie (1970). The Philosophy of Punishment. Edited by H. B. Acton. (London, Macmillan 1969. Pp. 238. Price 50s. Cloth, 20s. Paper.)Punishment By Ted Honderich. (London, Hutchinson 1969. Pp. Viii + 202. Price 36s.). [REVIEW] Philosophy 45 (174):341-.
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    R. S. Downie (1995). Articulations: The Body and Illness in Poetry. Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (5):314-314.
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    R. S. Downie (1966). Mill on Pleasure and Self-Development. Philosophical Quarterly 16 (62):69-71.
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    R. S. Downie (1963). Human Conduct: An Introduction to the Problems of Ethics. By Hospers John. (Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York. 1961. Pp. 600. Price $6.50; £3 16s. 6d.). [REVIEW] Philosophy 38 (144):192-.
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