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* 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
(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.
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?