International library of ethics, law, and the new medicine. 1567-8008 ; 39.
Life and nature are imperfect, uncontrollable, and largely (and perhaps permanently) unknowable, that is to say: contingent. The contingency of life is a significant challenge for medicine and technology. Life sciences seem to broaden the possibilities of control to an extent that the contingency of life and nature is no longer self-evident. This very broad statement raises a lot of serious questions. Is it a valid diagnosis? Are the life sciences really defying the contingency of our existence? Or are we simply manipulated by utopian promises? And if contingency is really being challenged, why should we worry about it? Is contingency essential for a meaningful life and way of life? This volume explores the different ways in which the contingency of life, and especially human life, is relevant for ethical discussions and the normative frameworks of bioethics. It explores the relevance of the notion of contingency, and the desire for moral argumentation within bioethics. The authors discuss these notions from a philosophical perspective, paying special attention to the impact of life sciences on people with disabilities and to intercultural perspectives on bioethical debates. The volume also contributes to a deeper reflection on the basic philosophical assumptions of bioethics.
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Contingency of Life and the Ethical The Value of Natural Contingency Between Natural Necessity and Ethical Contingency Of Poststructuralist Ethics and Nomadic Subjects Genetics, a Practical Anthropology Science, Religion, and Contingency Ethical Theories and the Limits of Life Sciences Bioethics and the Normative Concept of Human Selfhood Human Cognitive Vulnerability and the Moral Status of the Human Embryo and Foetus Needs and the Metaphysics of Rights The Authority of Desire in Medicine Procreative Needs and Rights Needs, Capacities and Morality Moral Judgement and Moral Reasoning Philosophical Reflection on Bioethics and Limits Cases of Limits Finite Lives and Unlimited Medical Aspirations Reproductive Choice: Whose Rights? Whose Freedom? Assisted Reproduction and the Changing of the Human Body On the Limits of Liberal Bioethics The Human Embryo as Clinical Tool The Naked Emperor Abilities and Disabilities Disability: Suffering, Social Oppression, or Complex Predicament? Disability and Moral Philosophy: Difference Should Count Neuro-Prosthetics, the Extended Mind, and Respect for Persons with Disability Others' Views: Intercultural Perspectives Normative Relations: East Asian on Biomedicine and Bioethics Limits of Human Existence According to China's Bioethics There is the World, and there is the Map of the World Reflections on Human Dignity and the Israeli Cloning Debate Conceiving of Human Life Globalization and the Dynamic Role of Human Rights in Relation to a Common Perspective for Life Sciences.
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