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Bioethics in the Age of New Media$
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Joanna Zylinska

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262240567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262240567.001.0001

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Bioethics: A Critical Introduction

Bioethics: A Critical Introduction

(p.3) 1 Bioethics: A Critical Introduction
Bioethics in the Age of New Media

Joanna Zylinska

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with an overview of major concepts in bioethics (a term devised by Van Rensselaer Potter) in relation to morality and health-related professions. It also discusses the financial aspects of the concepts of bioethics and their related effects. Bioethics is a set of ethics applicable for the human race as well as the entire biosphere. In general, bioethics is a branch of applied ethics that requires formal logic, consistency, and accuracy. Applied bioethics is the application of moral principles using rationality and biological knowledge. The chapter presents the drawbacks of bioethics, which is based more on hypothetical cases that often do not hold true for real-life instances. It picks as an example the ongoing debate over whether abortion should be declared illegal.

Keywords:   bioethics, biosphere, biological knowledge, abortion, formal logic

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