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On Being Human : Where Medicine, Ethics and Spirituality Converge

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ISBN: 9791036513862 DOI: 10.4000/books.pum.14901 Language: English
Publisher: Presses de l’Université de Montréal
Subject: Philosophy
Added to DOAB on : 2019-12-06 13:15:44
License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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Abstract

At first glance, Western humanism, Japanese Buddhism and modern science have so little in common that the very idea of seeking common ground through dialogue seems overly idealistic. Only a man the calibre of Daisaku Ikeda could bring such a project to fruition. Firmly setting aside cliché and facile answers, he broaches the grand questions that face today's society: cancer, AIDS, death with dignity, in vitro fertilization, biomedical ethics… The responses offered by René Simard, molecular biologist and geneticist, and Guy Bourgeault, bioethicist, are insightful and compelling. Their discussions cut through linguistic and cultural barriers to present a vision of the potential – an the inherent challenges – of being human.

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medical ethics --- bioethics --- AIDS --- cancer --- sickness --- right to die

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