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Bioethics Around the Globe

Catherine Myser


Contemporary bioethics, now roughly 40 years old as a discipline, originated in the United States with a primarily Anglo-American cultural ethos. It continues to be professionalized and institutionalized as a maturing discipline at the intersections of philosophy, medicine, law, social sciences, and humanities. Increasingly bioethics—along with its foundational values, concepts and principals—has been exported to other countries, not only in the developed West, but also in developing and/or Eastern countries. Bioethics thus continues to undergo intriguing transformations as it is globalized an ... More

Keywords: contemporary bioethics, globalizing bioethics, bioethics theories, nationalism, nation building

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195386097
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195386097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Myser, editor
Director of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics, and Global Health Programs;Associate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University

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I Globalizing Western Bioethics: Some Perils and Pitfalls of “Missionary Bioethics” and Ethics “Capacity Building” in the Developing World and “Eastern” World

1 Bioethics as Missionary Work

Raymond De Vries and Leslie Rott

2 Facing Up to the Hard Problems

Subrata Chattopadhyay

II A Robust Range of Sociocultural Interests and Forces Shaping Bioethics Around the Globe

4 French Bioethics

Kristina Orfali

8 Bioethics in Costa Rica

Fred Gifford and Ana Rodriguez

9 The Social Functions of Bioethics in South Africa

Anton A. van Niekerk and Solomon R. Benatar

III Bioethics as a Means for Negotiating Social, Regional, and/or National Identity, and Bioethics as Nation-Building

12 The Dominion of Bioethics

Andrea Frolic, Michael D. Coughlin, and Bernard Keating

IV Bioethics as a Battleground for Religious and Political “Culture Wars”: The Politics of Bioethics

14 Bioethics in Australia

Rob Irvine, Ian Kerridge, and Paul Komesaroff

15 Bioethics in the United States

Bruce Jennings and Jonathan D. Moreno

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