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566Challenges for Bioethics from Asia

Ethics; Gordon, Th., Making the Patient Your Partner. Communication Skills for Doctors  and Other Caregivers; Lamb, D., Down the Slippery Slope; Lee, S., Uneasy Ethics; Ramsey, P., The Patient as Person; Regan, T., (ed), Matters of Life and Death; Singer, P., Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death; Singer, P. & Kuhse, H., Should the Baby Live ?; Singer, P. & Wells, D., The reproduction revolution. New ways of making babies.; Temkin, O. & Frankena, W. & Kadish, S., Respect for Life in Medicine, Philosophy, and Law; Weir, R.F., (ed), Ethical Issues in Death and Dying ; Woods, J., Ingineered Death: abortion, suicide, euthanasia, senecide; Wulff, H.R. & Pedersen, S.A. & Rosenberg, R., Philosophy of Medicine. An Introduction.


Some examples of  30-hour specialist courses  - optionally chosen by students -   

on the subjects  enclose within the scope of holistically understood bioethics.

* Philosophy of health/disease and medicine.

* Population ethics (including ethics of human reproduction).  

* Communication ethics (communicational roots of morality, information giving practice &

  communication in medical practice, bio-communication).

* Bio-communication (neurological, ethological-behavioral, and evolutionary aspects; the

  information stream –  the Life stream)

* Philosophy of Nature & Natural Sciences - normative aspects  

* Zootherapy


Special courses for biology students (specialties: experimental biology; environmental protection; biotechnology):

* Animal experimentation (scientific, didactic,+) - in the context of ethics of scientific research.

* Animal Rights - moral and legal dimensions

* Moral responsibility of biologists in contemporary society (including: value  preferences

  & deontology of teaching  biology)

* Moral dimension of biotechnology (including genetic engineering) - medicine,

  pharmacology, experiments on humans & nonhumans, agriculture, environmental protection etc.

5. Social Bioethics: variety and tolerance. Human Rights.

    The subject of social bioethics encloses a variety of interrelated (cross-disciplinary) topics connected by the topos of the category of tolerance.

1. The notion, aspects, and sources/conditions of tolerance/intolerance           

1.1. Tolerance towards liberalism/libertarianism, rule-ethics, and indifferentism

2. The normal and the pathological   

2.1. The own and the strange

3.  Racism, xenophobia, sexism   

4. Sexual minorities

5. Social attitude to disabled (physically and mentally) and aged people

5.1. HIV carriers

6. Children - their social status

7. The deontology of bio-social research work

8. Relativity or absoluteness of good/evil ?

8.1. The typology of relativism

9. The promotion of moral health

9.1.Interhuman communication as a moral fact and factor.

9.2. Cultural treasure of manifold truths   

9.3. The significance of the category  of  Transcendental Subject.

9.4. The promotion of virtue ethics

10. The issue of capital punishment (optional)


Xiao Wei: What is your final goal? What do you want your students to learn finally? What is your purpose?

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