Philosophy and Life Sciences in Dialogue  Theoretical and Practical Questions: Proceedings of the IV. International Summer School Bioethics in Context4th10th September 2017, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia
Language: English


     Everyone engaged in the interdisciplinary bioethical research knows that bioethics has to translate different scientific languages in one another and these different scientific languages often relate to different normative orders, if not apparently exclusive world views. A bioethicist therefore must have a reflective knowledge of the different “logics” of the languages that need to be combined in each effort to solve a bioethical problem. The “dialogue” between sciences is a “dialogue” between comprehensive “systems” of interpreting the world; it is a dialogue between “perspectives” which normally include their own concepts of what is true and valuable and of how truths and values should be expressed. An integrative bioethics needs to acknowledge this fact and to at least foster reflection on the problem.

     The contributions collected in this volume are dedicated to basic concepts which underlie or have to be shared in a fruitful dialogue between philosophy and the life sciences and also to some concrete aspects of this dialogue. The authors are concerned with two main questions: the question of what an integrative bioethics can contribute to the philosophy / life sciences dialogue and the question of what the specific role of philosophy in this context is.

Table of contents


S. Tsinorema. Kant on scientific knowledge and free agency

T. Hoffmann. Philosophy of nature  natural sciences  life sciences: Some general remarks on different ways of conceptualizing the natural with special regard to an integrative bioethics

S. Tsinorema. Kant on scientific knowledge and free agency

V. Kaneva. Scientific experiments and the ethics of medical research

M. Hähnel. Aristotle’s late reflections on generation and corruption: An appropriate model for understanding and evaluating human emryogenesis?

E. Kalokairinou. Moral enhancement and the issue of autonomy. An Aristotelian approach

M. Knaup. Naturally “natural”? Redefining and recreating the natural

L. Krüger, M. Spieker. Big data in health care as a problem for bioethics

E. Devivogiatzi. Between Physis and Logos: The origins of autonomy in Aristotle’s ethical thought

L. Kondova. How we should, could and are allowed to treat the animal body?

A. Marx. Genomic engineering using the Crispr/Cas9-technoliogy: Possibilities, limitations and ethical implications

K. Hristov. Treatment of HIV-positive patients as a dialogue between life sciences and ethics

Notes on contributors

Publisher St. Kliment Ohridski University Press
Language English
Pages 174
Binding hardback
ISBN 978-954-07-4755-2
Creation date 2019
Size 16 х 24 cm

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