Dealing with Bioethical Issues in a Globalized World

Normativity in Bioethics

  • Joris Gielen

Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Joris Gielen
    Pages 1-5
  3. Normative Bioethics in Religious Traditions

  4. Normativity at Crossroads

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Rouven Porz, Pascal Borry
      Pages 119-129
    3. Henk ten Have
      Pages 131-143
    4. Joris Gielen
      Pages 145-156
    5. Kenneth Kipnis
      Pages 195-209

About this book


This book addresses the complexity of talking about normativity in bioethics within the context of contemporary multicultural and multi-religious society. It offers original contributions by specialists in bioethics exploring new ways of understanding normativity in bioethics. In bioethical publications and debates, the concept of normativity is often used without consideration of the difficulties surrounding it, whereas there are many competing claims for normativity within bioethics. Examples of such competing normative bioethical discourses can be perceived in variations and differences in bioethical arguments within individual religions, and the opposition between bioethical arguments from specific religions and arguments from bioethicists who do not claim religious allegiance. We also cannot merely assume that a Western understanding of normative bioethics will be unproblematic in bioethics in non-Western cultures and religions. Through an analysis of normativity in Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Jewish bioethics, the book creates awareness of the complexity of normativity in bioethics. The book also covers normative bioethics outside an explicitly religiously committed context, and specific attention is paid to bioethics as an interdisciplinary endeavor. It reveals how normativity relates to empirical and global bioethics, which challenges it faces in bioethics in secular pluralistic society, and how to overcome these. By doing that, this book fills an important gap in bioethics literature.


Bioethical Issues Bioethical Research Bioethics in Religious Traditions Conceptual Bioethics Empirical Turn in Bioethics Global Bioethics Globalized Context of Bioethics Normative Bioethical Discourses Normativity Non-Western Cultures and Religions Religion and Ethics Religious Traditions Pluralistic Society Perspectives on Euthanasia

Editors and affiliations

  • Joris Gielen
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Healthcare EthicsDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

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