Asian Studies in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

The Family, Medical Decision-Making, and Biotechnology

Critical Reflections on Asian Moral Perspectives

Editors: Lee, Shui Chuen (Ed.)

  • Discusses implications of Confucian thought for bioethics
  • Explains why East Asian medical practice and norms for human embryonic research are so different from those in North America and Europe
  • Explores the concept of the family and its central role in East Asian medical decision-making
  • Describes contrasts between eastern and western views in the research ethics debate regarding human embryos
  • Offers a rich resource for cross cultural studies of the role of the family in East Asian health care
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East Asian medicine, biomedical research, and health care policy are framed by their own set of moral and cultural commitments. Chief among these is the influence of Confucian ideas. A rich portrayal is offered of the implications of Confucian moral and ontological understandings for medical decision-making, human embryonic stem cell research, and health care financing. What is offered is a multifaceted insight into what distinguishes East Asian bioethical reflections. This volume opens with an exploration of the Confucian recognition of the family as an entity existing in its own right and which is not reducible to its members or their interests. As the essays in this volume show, this recognition of the family supports a notion of family autonomy that contrasts with Western individualistic accounts of proper medical decision-making. There are analyses of basic concepts as well as explorations of their implications for actual medical practice. The conflicts in East Asian countries between traditional Confucian and Western bioethics are explored as well as the tension between the new reproductive technologies and traditional understandings of the family. The studies of East Asian reflections concerning the moral status of human embryos and the morality of human embryo stem cell research disclose a set of concerns quite different from those anchored in Christian and Muslim cultural perspectives. The volume closes with an exploration of how Confucian cultural resources can be drawn upon to meet the contemporary challenges of health care financing.

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"The most recent achievements of … search for an Asian bioethics as an intellectual endeavour. Very informative and thought-provoking, they are the results of many years’ labour and offer important contributions to bioethics in Asia and the world. … Growing out from two international conferences in Taiwan organised by the editor, it constitutes Volume 91 of the well-established book series ‘Philosophy and Medicine’ … . have significantly contributed in filling up a huge intellectual gap in international as well as Asian bioethics." (Asian Bioethics Review, December, 2008)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Medicine and the Biomedical Technologies in the Context of Asian Perspectives

    Lee, Shui Chuen (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Confucian Familism and its Bioethical Implications

    Fan, Ruiping

    Pages 15-26

  • The Family in Transition and in Authority

    Engelhardt, H. Tristram

    Pages 27-45

  • Family Life, Bioethics and Confucianism

    Erickson, Stephen A.

    Pages 47-58

  • The Moral Ground of Truth Telling Guideline Development

    Sheu, Shuh-Jen

    Pages 59-70

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Family, Medical Decision-Making, and Biotechnology
Book Subtitle
Critical Reflections on Asian Moral Perspectives
Editors
  • Shui Chuen Lee
Series Title
Asian Studies in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine
Series Volume
91
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5220-0
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5220-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5219-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8848-0
Series ISSN
1566-7219
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 220
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