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Humanbiotechnology as Social Challenge

An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Bioethics, 1st Edition

By Dagmar Schipanski

Edited by Nikolaus Knoepffler


192 pages

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Humanbiotechnology has progressed immensely, and humanbiotechnological research has entered a crucial stage. This collection of essays is a significant and original contribution to the public debate on humanbiotechnology and its ethical and social ramifications. Interdisciplinary in composition this volume brings together leading academics in the fields of biology, law, theology, ethics and sociology to share their viewpoints and insights and to promote exchange between disciplines and convey facts and opinions to the wider public on this increasingly important area of technological development and ethical interest. Eschewing analysis on pragmatic or utilitarian grounds the essays in this collection are informed by the key ethical concept of 'human dignity' which has been central to the continental debate on human bioethics and is gaining in importance for the debate in the anglophone world.


’This collection of essays is a significant and original contribution to the public debate on the topic and its ethical and social ramifications.’ Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; The Wartburg conference project: human biotechnology as a challenge to society, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner; Part I Science: Research on human embryos?, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard; The potential of stem cells, Hans R. Schöler. Part II Law: Human biotechnology, transculturality, globalization and symbolic (criminal) law, Carlos María Romeo Casabona; Human biotechnology as a legal challenge, Jürgen Simon. Part III The Church: Human biotechnology as a social challenge, Christoph Kähler; Ethical and theological challenges to human biotechnology: observations from the perspective of Catholic theology Joachim Wanke. Part IV Philosophical and Theological Ethics: Human dignity as a regulatory principle of bioethics, Reiner Anselm; Tolerance and respect in bioethical conflicts, Nikolaus Knoepffler; Human biotechnology as an ethical and social challenge, Julian Nida-Rümelin; Bioethics between physis and nomos, Gianni Vattimo. Part V Society: On the responsibility of the scientist, Dagmar Schipanski; Social responsibility in view of new possibilities in human biology, Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker; Glossary; Indexes.

About the Author/Editor

Nikolaus Knoepffler is Chair of Applied Ethics at the University of Jena, Germany. Dagmar Schipanski is Minister of Science, Research, and Art in Thuringia, Germany. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is Lecturer in Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the University of Jena, Germany.

About the Series

Ashgate Studies in Applied Ethics

Ashgate Studies in Applied Ethics
Scandals in medical research and practice; physicians unsure how to manage new powers to postpone death and reshape life; business people operating in a world with few borders; damage to the environment; concern with animal welfare - all have prompted an international demand for ethical standards which go beyond matters of personal taste and opinion. The Ashgate Studies in Applied Ethics series presents leading international research on the most topical areas of applied and professional ethics. Focusing on professional, business, environmental, medical and bio-ethics, the series draws from many diverse interdisciplinary perspectives including: philosophical, historical, legal, medical, environmental and sociological. Exploring the intersection of theory and practice, books in this series will prove of particular value to researchers, students, and practitioners worldwide.

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