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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

The Question of the Family in the Biopolitics of Chimeras

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(p.390) 11.2 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Tomoko Sato

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0050

In science today, difficult questions arise when the term “species” is defined, due to its widespread use. When referred to in legislative discussions over chimera production using human embryos, the term itself appears to be politically motivated. Moreno emphasized the perspective of “biopolitics” in this matter, which promotes exploration of scientific, congressional, cultural, sociological, and philosophical contexts, as well as trans-contextual analysis, in the history of the conception of life and reproduction, on the surface of which appear the theory of natural order and, more recently, controversy surrounding abortion. In the same perspective, the formulation of membership in the human species and its role in the present debates can be hypothetically analyzed, at least partially, in terms of “family membership,” and thus examined more closely with regard to conveyed moral values.

Keywords:   Biopolitics, chimeras, species, species membership, family

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