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The Concept of Moral Consensus : The Case of Technological Interventions in Human Reproduction - K. Bayertz

The Concept of Moral Consensus

The Case of Technological Interventions in Human Reproduction

By: K. Bayertz (Editor)

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Published: 31st May 1994
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Books do not come about by accident. This is especially the case when a volume grows out of a conference for which the participants wrote the original contributions in different languages. This volume descends from a conference held at the Zentrumjiir interdiszipliniire Forschung, University of Bielefeld, Germany, October 4 through 6, 1990, under the title "Technische Eingriffe in die menschliche Reproduktion: Per­ spektiven eines moralischen Konsenses". Many with great generosity helped to ensure that the conference was a success and that the papers presented grew into a book. We want in particular to acknowledge our deep gratitude to the Zentrumjiir interdiszipliniire Forschung for spon­ soring this important conference, and to its director, Peter Weingart, for his important guidance and support. Our thanks are also due to all of the staff ofthe Zentrum. It is they who made the conference successful. We are also grateful to Prof. Hilmar Stolte, head of the Institut jiir System- und Technologieanalysen in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, for making available additional financial support for the conference. Our thanks are also owed to the participants who inspired us to transform a collection of papers into a completed volume. The general trans­ formation of the original papers required translation. Here we must acknowledge the labors of Sarah L. Kirkby, who rendered many parts of the volume into English. Finally, we want to recognize the invaluable support given by the ecumenical teamwork of Kurt W.

Preface
Introduction: Moral Consensus as a Social and Philosophical Problemp. 1
Consensus: How Much Can We Hope for? A Conceptual Exploration Illustrated by Recent Debates Regarding the Use of Human Reproductive Technologiesp. 19
The Concept of Moral Consensus. Philosophical Reflectionsp. 41
Consensus Formation for Bioethical Problems (Comments on Bayertz)p. 59
Consensus, Pluralism and Procedural Ethics (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt)p. 65
New Reproductive Technologies: Ethical Conflict and the Problem of Consensus (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt)p. 75
Problems Involved in Achieving a Policy Consensus on Issues Related to Reproductive Medicinep. 99
Moral Consensus and the Law (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt)p. 109
Coming to Consensus: An Ethical Problem in Law and Politics - Illustrated by the Example of Reproductive Technologies (Comments on Bayertz)p. 123
The Empirical Limits of Consensus: Can Theory and Practice be Reconciled? (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt, Moreno)p. 129
Consensus by Committee: Philosophical and Social Aspects of Ethics Committeesp. 145
Consensus in Ethics and Public Policy: The Deliberations of the U.S. Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panelp. 163
Consensus by Default. The Transition from the Social Technology of Eugenics to the "Technological-FIX" of Human Geneticsp. 189
Beyond Consensus About Principles: Decision-Making by a Genetics Advisory Board in Reproductive Medicine (Comments on Bayertz, Moreno)p. 207
"... and that is why I would like as few people to be involved as possible..." Observations on the Possibilities Offered by Consensus Achievement Within the Field of the Human Reproductive Technologies (Comments on Bayertz, Engelhardt, Moreno)p. 223
A Skeptical Postscript: Some Concluding Reflections on Consensusp. 235
Notes on Contributorsp. 241
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780792326151
ISBN-10: 0792326156
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 31st May 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 1.22