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The «Naturalness» of Nature and the Reasonableness of Risk

  • Natuerlichkeit_der_Natur_Gethmann_und_andereAuthors:
    Carl Friedrich Gethmann, Ludger Honnefelder, Oswald Schwemmer, Ludwig Siep (eds.)


  • Title:
    The «Naturalness» of Nature and the Reasonableness of Risk
    [German: Die «Natürlichkeit» der Natur und die Zumutbarkeit von Risiken]


  • Series Forschungsbeiträge des Instituts für Wissenschaft und Ethik, Vol. A1, Bonn 2001.
    20,7 x 14,5 cm, 256 pages, 2001
    Paperback, € 5,-
    ISSN 1617-8742
    ISBN 3-936020-00-0


  • Editorial Staff:
    Dietmar Hübner, Ulrike Kostka.


  • Abstract:
    Organ transplantation, human genetics and genetic engineering of plants, animals and microorganisms have opened up new possibilities of biological and medical activity. The moral evaluation of these activities is subject to a controversial debate. Frequently, the evaluation of risks that confront us in this connection depends on certain premises which, in turn, refer to the concept of nature, combining descriptive and normative aspects.

    In 1989, the Forschungsarbeitsgemeinschaft Bioethik in Nordrhein-Westfalen, founded on initiative of the Ministry of Research of the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, set itself the task to investigate the character and relevance of such premises within the ethical debate on transplantation, genetics and genetic engineering.
    Under the coordination of professors L. Siep (Münster), O. Schwemmer (Düsseldorf, later Berlin), L. Honnefelder (Bonn) and C.F. Gethmann (Essen) a four-year research project was initiated, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and the German Ministry of Research BMBF. The report summarizes the results of this project.
    The series Forschungsbeiträge of the Institute of science and ethic provides results of research within the fields of biomedical ethics (Series A) and the ethics of science and technology (Series B). The series presents projects which were carried out at the IWE or which the IWE has contributed.
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