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Global Education in Bioethics

  • Henk ten Have

Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Moral Visions of Global Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Solomon Benatar
      Pages 23-36
  3. Goals and Challenges of Global Ethics Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Volnei Garrafa, Thiago Rocha da Cunha
      Pages 39-55
    3. Aimee Zellers
      Pages 95-116
  4. Practices of Global Ethics Education

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 193-198

About this book


This book presents and elaborates on how the teaching of global ethics in healthcare contributes to furthering ideals of cosmopolitanism: solidarity, equality, respect for differences and concern with what human beings, and specifically patients have in common, regardless of where they live and who they are. Global problems such as pandemic diseases, disasters, lack of care and medication, homelessness and displacement call for global responses. The new area of global bioethics is providing answers by arguing that ethical discourse should first of all criticize the structures of violence and injustice that underlie many threats to global health. Education of health professionals should articulate that they are ‘citizens of the world’, like their patients. This book first demonstrates that a moral vision of global education is necessary to gain a global dimension. It is argued that a global framework of ethical principles is available; the challenge is to elaborate and specify that framework into specific educational approaches and models. The book subsequently analyzes goals and challenges of global education in biomedicine and healthcare. It is shown how such challenges (e.g. inequities and cultural differences) can be overcome. Finally, the book presents concrete examples (cases, methods, and practices) of global education in bioethics. The unique feature of the book is that it addresses global education challenges specifically in the area of healthcare, medicine, and medical science. It combines two areas of research and experience that are usually not connected: global bioethics and global education. This book is written for all those involved in global ethics teaching in medicine, nursing, ethics, philosophy, law, and theology courses.


Global Bioethics Global Education Pandemic Diseases Education of Health Professionals Global Education in Bioethics Ethics Teaching Cosmopolitanism Ethics in a Globalized World Cultural Competence E-learning in the Teaching of Ethics Arts and Humanities Learning Global Ethics Case Studies in Global Ethics Education

Editors and affiliations

  • Henk ten Have
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Health Care EthicsDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

About the editors

Henk ten Have studied medicine and philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He received his medical degree in 1976 from Leiden University and his philosophy degree in 1983. He worked as a researcher in the Pathology Laboratory, University of Leiden (1976-1977), as a practising physician in the Municipal Health Services, City of Rotterdam (1978-1979), and as a Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limburg, Maastricht (1982-1991). From 1991 he was a Professor of Medical Ethics and the Director of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine in the University Medical Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In September 2003 he joined UNESCO as Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology, working at the Headquarters in Paris, France. Since July 2010 he is Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA. In 2011 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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“Global Education in Bioethics is recommended to experts in the area, to those who are well informed but also to beginners. … Thanks to diversity of presented methods it can be used by teachers in areas other than ethics if they want to promote global reflection on ethics and interdisciplinarity.” (Helena Štrucelj, JAHR - European Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 10 (20), 2019)