International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

Bioethics in Cultural Contexts

Reflections on Methods and Finitude

Editors: Rehmann-Sutter, Christoph, Düwell, Marcus, Mieth, Dietmar (Eds.)

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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.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bioethics in Cultural Contexts
Book Subtitle
Reflections on Methods and Finitude
Editors
  • Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
  • Marcus Düwell
  • Dietmar Mieth
Series Title
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Series Volume
28
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4241-6
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4241-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4240-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7082-1
Series ISSN
1567-8008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 386
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