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Is there an Asian Bioethics?

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Is there an Asian Bioethics?

Some people might consider it blasphemous even to ask this question. But this paper asks it not so much to seek an answer as to clarify what it could actually mean. The idea is to sort out the presuppositions and possible implications of asserting the existence of an Asian bioethics.

In the end, this paper makes the following points: (1) In the attempt to assert an Asian identity, one must be careful not to commit the mistake of universalizing (among Asians) a single Asian perspective; and (2) In the face of pluralism and multi-culturalism, there is some room for a kind of universalist ethics that is founded on a collage of culturally inspired perspectives rather than on a single standard of morality.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of the Philippines

Publication date: July 1, 1999

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