This concept recognizes the significance of all living things in the natural environment without consideration of their potential input in serving human interests MacKinnon, p. Ecocentrism opposes the human-centered approach towards the natural environment and is opposed towards deforestation.
Preliminary Distinctions Rapid developments in the natural sciences and technology including biotechnology have greatly facilitated better living conditions and increased the standard of living of people worldwide. On the other hand, there are undesirable consequences, such as nuclear waste, water and air pollution, the clearing of tropical forests, and large-scale livestock farming, as well as particular innovations such as gene technology and cloning, which have caused qualms and even fears concerning the future of humankind.
Lacunae in legal systems, for example, regarding abortion and euthanasia, additionally are a cause of grave concern for many people. Furthermore, moral problems which stem from a concrete situation, for example, gene-manipulated food, have given rise to heated public debates and serious public concerns with regard to safety issues in the past.
There wasand still isa need for ethical guidance which is not satisfied simply by applying traditional ethical theories to the complex and novel problems of the twenty-first century.
What are the general goals of bioethics?
As a discipline of applied ethics and a particular way of ethical reasoning that substantially depends on the findings of the life sciences, the goals of bioethics are manifold and involve, at least, the following aspects: Bioethics provides a disciplinary framework for the whole array of moral questions and issues surrounding the life sciences concerning human beings, animals, and nature.
Bioethics is a particular way of ethical reasoning and decision making that: Bioethics offers ethical guidance in a particular field of human conduct. Bioethics points to many novel complex cases, for example, gene technology, cloning, and human-animal chimeras and facilitates the awareness of the particular problem in public discourse.
Bioethics elaborates important arguments from a critical examination of judgements and considerations in discussions and debates. In other words, bioethics is concerned with a specific area of human conduct concerning the animate for example, human beings and animals and inanimate for example, stones natural world against the background of the life sciences and deals with the various problems that arise from this complex amalgam.
Furthermore, bioethics is not only an inter-disciplinary field but also multidisciplinary since bioethicists come from various disciplines, each with its own distinctive set of assumptions. While this facilitates new and valuable perspectivesit also causes problems for a more integrated approach to bioethics.
A Brief History of Bioethics Historically speaking, there are three possible ways at least to address the history of bioethics. First, by the origin of the notion of bioethics, second, by the origin of the academic discipline and the institutionalization of bioethics, and third, by the origin of bioethics as a phenomenon.
Each focuses on different aspects concerning the history of bioethics; however, one can only understand and appreciate the whole picture if one takes all three into account. The Origin of the Notion of Bioethics It is commonly said that the origin of the notion of bioethics is twofold: Jahr famously proclaimed his bioethical imperative: The Origin of the Academic Discipline and Institutionalization of Bioethics The origin of the discipline of bioethics in the USA goes hand in hand with the origin of its institutionalization.
Animal ethics and environmental ethics are sub-disciplines which emerged at a later date. In the beginning, the great demand for medical ethics was grounded in reaction to some negative events, such as the research experiments on human subjects committed by the Nazis and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study — in the USA.
However, in reaction to these horrible events, the Nuremberg Code and the Declaration of Helsinki were created in order to provide researchers and physicians with ethical guidelines. In the case of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Belmont Reportand other experiments in clinical research Beecherone has to concede however that they were performed in the full knowledge of both sets of guidelines and hence against the basic and most important idea of individual informed consent.
Albert Neisser in who publicly announced his concern about the possible dangers to the experimental subjects whom he vaccinated with an experimental immunizing serum Zentralblatt der gesamten Unterrichtsverwaltung in Preussen Additionally, the investigation of the death of 75 German children caused by the use of experimental tuberculosis vaccines in revealed that the mandatory informed consent was not obtained Rundschreiben des Reichsministers des Inneren Furthermore, influential books such as Morals and Medicine: They were the first two academic institutions to conduct research in medical ethics and to publish high quality academic journals: In the early years, the bioethics programs were mainly funded by foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Ford Foundation and others, as well as by donations from individuals such as the Kennedy family.
Since, most hospitals in the USA provide clinical ethics consultation that is mainly due to the requirement of The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizationsin renamed the Joint Commissionthat accredited hospitals must have a method for addressing ethical issues that arise JCAHO Furthermore, new technologies in the life sciences caused new inventions and possibilities for the survival of the sick; kidney dialysis, intensive care units, organ transplantation, and respirators, to name just a few.
Severe problems concerning the just distribution of health care resources emerged, for example, in access to kidney dialysis and intensive care units due to the consequences of scarcity, which caused much debate concerning problems of resource allocation, for instance.
The upshot is that the origins of bioethics as a discipline and its institutionalization can be traced back to the second half of the twentieth century in the USA. Other countries then adapted to the new situation and established their own bioethics programs and institutions. The Origin of Bioethics as a Phenomenon The notion of bioethics and the origin of the discipline of bioethics and its institutionalization in academia is a modern development.
The phenomenon itself, however, can be traced back, at least with any certainty, to the Hippocratic Oath in Antiquity B.
On the other hand, AristotleThomas Aquinasand Kant had a lasting negative effect on the way people thought about animals and their moral status. According to Aristotle B. This line of thought was omnipresent during the time of the Romans and was reflected their great pleasure in animal hunts in the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus between the second century B.
According to Thomas Aquinas thirteenth centurywho shaped the Christian view on the moral status of animals for several hundred years, animals have no moral status and human beings are allowed to use them for their own comfort since everything is made by God and subjected to the rule of human beings.
Kant eighteenth century famously argued that animals have no moral status but one should treat them appropriately since cruelty against animals might have a negative effect on our behaviour towards our fellow humans, that is, the brutalization of human behaviour.The relationship between two motives underlying environmental attitudes was examined: ecocentrism—valuing nature for its own sake, and anthropocentrism—valuing nature because of material or physical benefits it can provide for humans.
Ecocentric Approach! Theoretical Foundations:! A. Moral concern for nature" • It includes responsibility to nature as well as responsibility for nature (P. Curry)! • Adoption of a new land ethic, whereby ‘a thing is right when it intends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.
Green anarchism (or eco-anarchism) is a school of thought within anarchism which puts a particular emphasis on environmental issues.A green anarchist theory is normally one that extends anarchist ideology beyond a critique of human interactions, and includes a critique of the interactions between humans and non-humans as well.
This often culminates in an anarchist revolutionary praxis that is. Introduction. Anthropocentrism refers to a human-centered, or “anthropocentric,” point of view.
In philosophy, anthropocentrism can refer to the point of view that humans are the only, or primary, holders of moral standing. Introduction. Anthropocentrism refers to a human-centered, or “anthropocentric,” point of view. In philosophy, anthropocentrism can refer to the point of view that humans are the only, or primary, holders of moral standing.
Environmental Ethics: Between Anthropocentrism and Ecocentrism Introduction Environmental ethics is defined as the m oral relationship between hum ans and the natural environment (Buzzle ). It is an area of environmental philosophy that faces a lot of conflict due to the various subdivisions in terms of ethical perceptions.