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Modern Biotechnology in Postmodern Times? a Reflection on European Policies and Human Agency : A Reflection on European Policies and Human Agency - Lars Reuter

Modern Biotechnology in Postmodern Times? a Reflection on European Policies and Human Agency

A Reflection on European Policies and Human Agency

Hardcover Published: 31st October 2003
ISBN: 9781402016851
Number Of Pages: 231

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Modern Biotechnology in Postmodern Times? A Reflection on European Policies and Human Agency is for bioethicists, ethicists (theologians/philosophers), professionals in biotechnology, EU and national policy makers, and professors/teachers of courses in applied ethics (master level or equivalent).
This volume presents an interdisciplinary reflection on the nature and scope of current biotechnology in Europe. The author contemplates upon the actual structures and potential functions of biotechnology in our societies in order to allow for a balanced discussion and common reflection on the topic. This volume is unique in that it offers a concise presentation of the current biotechnological arena in Europe with its ethical implications. It provides a survey of topical Council of Europe documents and treaties.

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"For now the best concise presentation of the European bioethics and biotechnology arena."
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"Most stimulating reflections on European policies."
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Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Biotechnology in Modern Timesp. 1
The concept of modernityp. 3
The concept of biotechnologyp. 10
Definitionsp. 10
Applicationsp. 17
Council of Europe Policies on Biotechnologyp. 25
The Parliamentary Assemblyp. 31
The beginningsp. 32
Developments of doubt and difficultyp. 33
A new convention as a solution?p. 36
Recent initiativesp. 39
Resultsp. 45
The Committee of Ministersp. 46
Systematic beginningsp. 46
The struggle for standardsp. 48
Resultsp. 54
Council of Europe Conventionsp. 54
The European Convention on Human Rightsp. 55
The European Social Charterp. 56
The European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicinep. 57
The Protocol on Human Cloningp. 61
The Protocol on Transplantationp. 62
Conclusionp. 63
Biotechnology and Human Agencyp. 69
The human actp. 72
Technique and technologyp. 77
Modern concepts of agency and identityp. 82
Is 'biotechnology' merely a name?p. 111
Biotechnology Beyond Modernity?p. 125
A postmodern sketch of the human selfp. 127
Technology as bluffp. 135
Human masteryp. 137
The ambivalence of new techniquesp. 140
The dominating role of technologyp. 145
Conclusionp. 151
The politics of contemporary biotechnologyp. 154
Appendixp. 161
European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine ETS 164 (Full text) with list of declarationsp. 162
Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings ETS 168 (Full text) with list of declarationsp. 185
Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine on Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin. ETS186. (Full text)p. 191
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781402016851
ISBN-10: 1402016859
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 231
Published: 31st October 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52