Bioethics: Asian Perspectives: A Quest for Moral Diversity:- is the first volume on bioethics all contributors of which are exclusively non-western scholars;- unfolds a rich and colourful picture;- addresses thorny bioethical issues from comprehensive Asian perspectives and different from the western paradigm of bioethics;- covers many topics including the intellectual foundation of Asian bioethics, bioethics and Asian culture, life and death, euthanasia and end-of-life care in Asia;- shows in its discussions moral diversity in Asia;- sheds light on the debate about universal ethics, global ethics and moral diversity. The book is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students interested in bioethics as well as for bioethicists, philosophers, physicians, scholars of Asian and culture studies, geneticists, sinologists, medical anthropologists, health administrators, health officials for relations with Asia, foundation officers for health programs in Asia, western journalists in Asia and officers of international organizations for Asia.
Introduction: Bioethics and Asian Culture - A Quest for Moral Diversity; Ren-Zong Qiu. I: The Foundations of Bioethics in Asia. Confucian and Western Notions of Human Need and Agency: Health Care and Biomedical Ethics in the Twenty-First Century; J. Tao Lai Po-Wah. Personhood and Bioethics: Chinese Perspective; E. Hui. The Foundations of a Possible Asian Bioethics; H. Sakamoto. Confucian Personhood and Bioethics: A Critical Appraisal; Po-Keung Ip. Rights or Virtues? Towards a Reconstructionist Confucian Bioethics; Ruiping Fan. II: Bioethics in Asian Culture: Global or Local? Philippine Culture and Bioethics; A.T. Alora. Living in Separation and Unequal Worlds: A Study in the Application of Bioethics; V. Manickavel. Medical Ethics and Communicative Ethics; Un-Jong Pak. 'Sakit' and 'Karamdamam': Towards Authenticity in the Filipino Concepts of Disease and Illness; L.D. de Castro, A.A.A. Alvarez. III: Life, Death, Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care. Cloning Humans? Some Moral Considerations; Phee Seng Kang. Brain Death Criteria in Japan; K. Takeuchi. To Have a Good Birth as Well as a Good Death: The Chinese Traditional View of Life and Its Implications; Ming-Xian Shen. Life, Death and End-of-Life Care: Taoist Perspective; Ping Dong, Xiaoyan Wang. Euthanasia Should be Legalized in China: Personal Perspective; Da-Pu Shi, Lin Yu. IV: Bioethics, Policy and Law in Asia. Chinese Population Policy: Good Choice and Right Choice; Re-Feng Tang. Does Eugenics Exist in China? Ethical Issues in the Law on Maternal and Infant Health Care; Ren-Zong Qiu. AIDS, Policy and Bioethics: A New Bioethical Framework for China's HIV/AIDS Prevention; Yan-Guang Wang. Justice is to be Financed before it is to be Done: The Social Justice of the Hong Kong Public Health Care Reform; Ho-Mun Chan. Notes on Contributors. Index.
From the reviews:
"This volume can be regarded as the latest contribution in a series of works that attempt to explore an original path towards modernity. This approach, rooted in the fields of bioethics, is said to be nursed by sources of East Asian traditions and to respond to the characteristics of the different societies in the region. ... For a European observer, this book provides a welcome opportunity to discuss the achievements of this school in some detail." (Ole Döring, East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, Vol. 25, 2007)
This is the first volume on bioethics all contributors of which are exclusively non-western scholars. The book unfolds a rich and colorful picture and addresses thorny bioethical issues from comprehensive Asian perspectives and different from the western paradigm of bioethics. It is of interest to senior undergraduate and graduate students, philosophers, physicians, scholars of Asian and culture studies, geneticists, sinologists, medical anthropologists, health administrators, and health officials.