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Karsten Witt reviews 'The Biological Foundations of Bioethics'

last modified Jun 27, 2016 10:33 AM

Karsten Witt has reviewed 'The Biological Foundations of Bioethics' by Tim Lewens in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

"Some of the most vibrant debates within bioethics, political philosophy, and metaethics seem to turn on biological facts. ‘Human nature’ is invoked by conservative bioethicists and Aristotelian moral realists alike, the definition of ‘health’ and ‘disease’ has famously been claimed to depend upon ‘general species design’, and, within current political philosophy, much weight is placed upon the distinction between ‘natural’ and ‘social inequalities’. Thus, philosophy borrows quite heavily from biology. In light of this, it is striking that to date there is not much contact between the two disciplines, as Tim Lewens rightly complains in his newly published book The biological foundations of bioethics. As can be expected, Lewens sets out to overcome this unfortunate state of affairs and to demonstrate to his readers the fruitfulness of this approach".

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