Philosophy and Medicine

The Bioethics of Regenerative Medicine

Editors: IP, King-Tak (Ed.)

  • Approaches the ethical and philosophical dilemmas created by the field of regenerative medicine from both western and non-western, especially Confucian, philosophical perspectives
  • Deals with the issues of genetic therapy from a range of ethical and religious traditions, both Eastern and Western
  • Explains the complexities of the ethical problems raised by genetic research and the possible cures derived therefrom by approaching those from a number of perspectives
  • Contains not only a broad range of ethical views, but the earliest work by Confucian and other Chinese philosophers on these bioethical controversies related to potential genetic therapies
  • Takes a critical view of the humanism versus post-humanism debate, again from a number of philosophical perspectives
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Regenerative medicine is rich with promethean promises. The use of human embryonic stem cells in research is justified by its advocates in terms of promises to cure a wide range of diseases and disabilities, from Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism to the results of heart attacks and spinal cord injuries. More broadly, there is the promethean allure of being able to redesign human biological nature in terms of the goals and concerns of humans. Needless to say, these allures and promises have provoked a wide range of not just moral but metaphysical reflections that reveal and reflect deep fault-lines in our cultures.

The essays in this volume, directly and indirectly, present the points of controversy as they tease out the character of the moral issues that confront any attempt to develop the human regenerative technologies that might move us from a human to a post-human nature. Although one can appreciate the disputes as independently philosophical, they are surely also a function of the conflict between a Christian and a post-Christian culture, in that Christianity has from its beginning recognized a fundamental prohibition against the taking of early human life. Even the philosophical disputes that frame secular bioethics are often motivated and shaped by these background cultural conflicts. These essays display this circumstance in rich ways.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Regenerative Medicine at the Heart of the Culture Wars

    IP, King-Tak

    Pages 3-10

  • Regenerative Medicine after Humanism: Puzzles Regarding the use of Embryonic Stem Cells, Germ-Line Genetic Engineering, and the Immanent Pursuit of Human Flourishing

    Engelhardt, H. Tristram

    Pages 13-26

  • Genetic Manipulation and the Resurrection Body

    Song, Robert

    Pages 27-46

  • Secular Humanist Bioethics and Regenerative Medicine

    Lo, Ping-Cheung

    Pages 47-62

  • Radical Disagreements of Chinese Views on Fetal Life and Implications for Bioethics1

    Jing-Bao, Nie

    Pages 63-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Bioethics of Regenerative Medicine
Editors
  • King-Tak IP
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
102
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8967-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8967-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8966-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8038-7
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 186
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