International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

The Contingent Nature of Life

Bioethics and the Limits of Human Existence

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

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  • Examines the basic ethical notions such as desire, needs and rights in a substantial philosophical manner and elaborates the relevance of these notions to recent bioethical discussions
  • Studies the relationships between the ‘contingency’ of life and the current developments in the life sciences
  • Discusses the impact of the life sciences on disabilities in a broader philosophical perspective
  • Studies the intercultural dimension of bioethics in a philosophical perspective
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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.

Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Contingent Nature of Life
Book Subtitle
Bioethics and the Limits of Human Existence
Editors
  • Marcus Düwell
  • Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
  • Dietmar Mieth
Series Title
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Series Volume
39
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6764-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6764-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6762-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7717-2
Series ISSN
1567-8008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 376
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