By Darian Meacham
This quantity addresses probably the most well-known questions in modern bioethics and philosophy of drugs: ‘liberal’ eugenics, enhancement, the traditional and the pathological, the class of psychological affliction, the relation among genetics, affliction and the political sphere, the event of disease and incapacity, and the experience of the topic of bioethical inquiry itself. All of those concerns are addressed from a “continental” standpoint, drawing on a wealthy culture of inquiry into those questions within the fields of phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, French epistemology, severe thought and post-structuralism. whilst, the contributions interact with the Anglo-American debate, leading to a fruitful and optimistic dialog that not just exhibits the intensity and breadth of continental views in bioethics and medication, but additionally opens new avenues of debate and exploration.
For many years eu philosophers have provided vital insights into the relation among the practices of drugs, the concept that of sickness, and society extra largely understood. those interventions have in most cases striven to be either traditionally nuanced and available to non-experts. From Georges Canguilhem’s seminal The general and the Pathological, Michel Foucault’s lectures on insanity, sexuality, and biopolitics, Hans Jonas’s deeply considerate essays at the correct to die, existence extension, and ethics in a technological age, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s lectures on The Enigma of Health, and extra lately Jürgen Habermas’s conscientiously nuanced interventions at the query of liberal eugenics, those thinkers have sought to interact the broader public up to their fellow philosophers on questions of paramount significance to present bioethical and social-political debate. The essays contained right here proceed this practice of engagement and accessibility. within the top practices of ecu philosophy, the contributions during this quantity target to interact with and stimulate a large spectrum of readers, not only specialists. In doing so the quantity deals a show off of the richness and rigor of continental views on drugs and society.
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In a very general way, I see Potter as closer than me to the modern ideology of science and progress. Progress, following Potter, only becomes ambivalent and very perilous because of man’s ignorance and lack of consciousness. I am more open in my approach to what is called postmodernism—while perceiving 38 G. Hottois its excesses and by-products—and its suspicion towards the “grand narratives” of science and progress. Despite this, I retain a certain optimism. In the long run, I think more in terms of evolutions and impasses in the plural than in terms of universal and unequivocal progress.
3). 6 44 M. Hauskeller plainly shows that there is nothing special about being human, that we are nothing but biological machines, just like any other living being. Thus Darwinism strips us of our dignity.
17 Hans Jonas’s contribution to bioethics is explored in the next chapter—the editor. Chapter 3 The Ontological Ethics of Hans Jonas Michael Hauskeller 1 Introduction The Jewish-German philosopher Hans Jonas (1903–1993) was already a “bioconservative” critic of the human enhancement project in the late 1970s, before the debate on whether or not it is a good idea to use modern technologies for “making better people” (Harris 2007) had even properly started, and especially the “richer bioethics” demanded and practiced by Kass (2003, 20) owes him a lot.