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Recent aspirations towards the technical perfection of humanity and nature call for a new type of ethics.
The overcoming of all human weakness is often viewed as a personal right as well as a common good. But fully overcoming human weakness would undermine the basis for mutual support and recognition. The achievement of complete technical independence from natural forces would end the embeddedness of humanity within natural history. This book defends the necessity of ethical assessment against the automatism of relying on technical developments or market processes. To identify both the values and ethical limits of technology development, criteria for the goodness of human life, and for nature in general, are required. This includes a meta-ethical discussion of moral objectivity, philosophical anthropology, and moral history. On the basis of that discussion, conclusions are drawn about ethical debates in the domains of medicine, biotechnology, and information technology.
David Novak is widely recognized as one of the most prominent Jewish thinkers in North America today and his most important contribution to philosophy has been his work on natural law. This book is an exploration of the shift in the content and context of that theory by reference to the metaphysical meaning that Novak ultimately assigns to reason. This change is then analyzed within the framework of Novak’s covenantal theology and his developing view of redemption in particular. Through this examination, this book highlights the contribution of Novak's natural law theory to the continuing debate over the role of reason in Judaism.
Die frühe Krankheitsphase zwischen Autonomie und Verantwortung
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Dementielle Erkrankungen stellen für Betroffene und Angehörige eine große Herausforderung dar. Bisher wird vor allem die späte Phase der Erkrankung in den Blick genommen. Doch auch bei Krankheitsbeginn stellen sich Fragen, deren Beantwortung für die Bewältigung des weiteren Krankheitsverlaufs entscheidend ist. Haben Betroffene ein moralisches Recht auf Nichtwissen hinsichtlich der eigenen medizinischen Symptome und gesundheitlichen Veränderungen? Die Autorin behandelt zunächst Argumente, die für dieses Recht sprechen: die Autonomie der Betroffenen, ihr Recht auf Privatsphäre oder das Recht, ihre ganz eigene Haltung in Bezug auf die beginnende Krankheit einnehmen zu dürfen. Eine andere Antwort ergibt sich, wenn man die Frage nach dem Recht auf Nichtwissen den Interessen nahestehender Personen gegenüberstellt, die einen Teil der Last tragen und deswegen einbezogen werden müssen. Zur Verantwortung in Nahbeziehungen gehört eine wechselseitige Rechenschaftspflicht, die die Bereitschaft zum Dialog einschließt. Insofern kann es moralisch fragwürdig sein, als betroffene Person das Recht auf Nichtwissen wahrzunehmen, da dies der Verantwortung gegenüber Nahestehenden nicht gerecht wird.
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In Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers?, Judith Benz-Schwarzburg reveals the scope and relevance of cognitive kinship between humans and non-human animals. She presents a wide range of empirical studies on culture, language and theory of mind in animals and then leads us to ask why such complex socio-cognitive abilities in animals matter. Her focus is on ethical theory as well as on the practical ways in which we use animals. Are great apes maybe better described as non-human persons? Should we really use dolphins as entertainers or therapists? Benz-Schwarzburg demonstrates how much we know already about animals’ capabilities and needs and how this knowledge should inform the ways in which we treat animals in captivity and in the wild.