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By Ren-Zong Qiu (auth.), Ren-Zong Qiu (eds.)

ISBN-10: 9048165091

ISBN-13: 9789048165094

ISBN-10: 9401704198

ISBN-13: 9789401704199

Bioethics: Asian views: A Quest for ethical Diversity:

- is the 1st quantity on bioethics all participants of that are solely non-western students;

- unfolds a wealthy and vibrant photo;

- addresses thorny bioethical concerns from finished Asian views and various from the western paradigm of bioethics;

- covers many subject matters together with the highbrow origin of Asian bioethics, bioethics and Asian tradition, existence and demise, euthanasia and end-of-life care in Asia;

- exhibits in its discussions ethical range in Asia;

- sheds gentle at the debate approximately common ethics, worldwide ethics and ethical range.

The booklet is meant for senior undergraduate and graduate scholars drawn to bioethics in addition to for bioethicists, philosophers, physicians, students of Asian and tradition reviews, geneticists, sinologists, scientific anthropologists, future health directors, future health officers for family with Asia, origin officials for future health courses in Asia, western reporters in Asia and officials of overseas businesses for Asia.

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He said, "Men are not as strong as oxes, nor do they run as fast as horses, yet how is it that oxes and horses are being mastered by men? That is because men are capable of social organization and animals are not" (Hsiin Tzu, V: 9, my translation). In the Confucian tradition, a person is never seen as an isolated individual but is always conceived of as a part of a network of relations. Even though it may seem to many that the bulk of Confucian ethical teaching pertains to the self-cultivation of an individual person to become a sage, one must not lose sight of the fact that the whole process is carried out in and through the social context and for the purpose of fulfilling social responsibility rather than selfactualization per se.

To fulfill filial piety, dying elderly patients must be protected from fateful news, and this of course is at odds with the Western notion of informed consent. 11. CONCLUSION The distinctive Chinese understanding of personhood has much to contribute to modify the narrowly psychological and individualistic understanding of personhood and the rights-based ethic derived from it currently prevalent in the West. For example, in most Western countries, it is entirely a matter of a woman's right or autonomous choice to abort a fetus.

HUI donation of human gametes, gestational surrogacy arrangements and the possibility of asexual reproduction are examples in which the relational context not only of human personhood but also of human existence has been totally ignored. A relationally defined personhood may also modify the way certain patients are treated, specifically those with severe mental retardation, in irreversible coma or persistent vegetative state. The different understandings of personhood in the West and the East emphasize the importance of trans-cultural ethical discourse.

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