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Title Bioethics in cultural contexts : reflections on methods and finitude / edited by Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Marcus Düwell, and Dietmar Mieth
Published Dordrecht : Springer, ©2006


Description 1 online resource (vii, 384 pages)
Series International library of ethics, law, and the new medicine ; v. 28
International library of ethics, law, and the new medicine ; v. 28.
Contents Fundamental Aspects -- HISTORY AND FUTURE OF BIOETHICS -- THE NEED FOR ETHICAL EVALUATION IN BIOMEDICINE AND BIOPOLITICS -- FINITUDE -- A NEGLECTED PERSPECTIVE IN BIOETHICS -- LIMITS OF BIOETHICS -- THE PROBLEM OF LIMITS OF LAW IN BIOETHICAL ISSUES -- Classical Approaches -- ONE MORAL PRINCIPLE OR MANY! -- DANGER AND MERITS OF PRINCIPLISM Meta-theoretical Reflections on the Beauchamp/Childress- Approach to Biomedical Ethics -- THE JOURNEY FROM ETHICS TO LAW The Case of Euthanasia -- RECOGNITION AND RESPECT FOR PERSONS A Personalistic Interpretation of Kant's Categorical Imperative -- RATIONALITY IN BIOETHICS Reasonable Adjudication in a Life and Death Case of the Separation of Conjoined Twins1 -- Culture and Society -- THE PUBLIC ROLE OF BIOETHICS AND THE ROLE OF THE PUBLIC -- EXPERTS ON BIOETHICS IN BIOPOLITICS -- THE CONTRIBUTION OF MEDICAL HISTORY TO MEDICAL ETHICS The Case of Brain Death -- ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE A Dispute on Truth, Power or Money? -- DIMENSIONS OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY OF MEDICAL ETHICS -- Body and Identity -- BODY, PERCEPTION AND IDENTITY -- DISABLED EMBODIMENT AND AN ETHIC OF CARE -- COPING WITH LIMITS Two Strategies and their Anthropological and Ethical Implications -- Innovative Modes of Analysis -- WHAT CAN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES CONTRIBUTE TO THE STUDY OF ETHICS? Theoretical, Empirical and Substantive Considerations1 -- DISCOURSE ETHICS Apel, Habermas, and Beyond -- THE CONCEPT OF CARE ETHICS IN BIOMEDICINE The Case of Disability -- THE THICK SOCIAL MATRIX FOR BIOETHICS Anthropological Approaches -- NARRATIVE BIOETHICS1
Summary Bioethics, if it is to have adequate discriminatory power, should include sensitivity to the cultural contexts of biomedicine, and also to the cultural contexts of bioethics itself. Biomedical developments carry with them social and cultural meanings that must be taken into account if the accompanying bioethical dilemmas are to be understood. This book discusses a range of methodological issues for an interdisciplinary bioethics. How can bioethics be an enterprise that does not only isolate issues and moral reasons but also (re)contextualises them? What are the strengths and weaknesses of different traditional and innovative modes of ethical work in terms of these tasks? By introducing the term "finitude" in the sense of limits of human existence, limits of human knowledge and knowledge capacity, a difference was set in the cultural apprehension of medicine. Is medicine aimed at overcoming our existential limits: to fight diseases and prolong life? Finitude reintroduces the existential and cultural basis on which every medicine (limits-sensitive or off-limits medicine) depends, but it concerns also ethical judgment. An apprehension of the limitations of different ethical approaches to biomedicine, however, could strengthen the collaborative effort of an interdisciplinary bioethics that embraces also cultural studies and social sciences
Analysis filosofie
sociale wetenschappen
social sciences
biomedische wetenschappen
Philosophy (General)
Filosofie (algemeen)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
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Subject Bioethics.
Medical ethics.
Ethical Relativism
Ethics, Medical
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Business Ethics.
Medical ethics.
Sciences sociales.
Sciences humaines.
Medical ethics.
Form Electronic book
Author Rehmann-Sutter, Christoph, 1959-
Düwell, Marcus, 1962-
Mieth, Dietmar
ISBN 9781402042416