The Concept of Moral Consensus

The Concept of Moral Consensus : The Case of Technological Interventions in Human Reproduction

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 253 pages
  • 168.7 x 243.8 x 21.6mm | 576.07g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1994 ed.
  • VII, 253 p.
  • 0792326156
  • 9780792326151

Table of contents

Preface; K. Bayertz, H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. Introduction: Moral Consensus as a Social and Philosophical Problem; K. Bayertz. I: Philosophical Foundations. 1. Consensus: How much can we Hope for? A Conceptual Exploration Illustrated by Recent Debates Regarding the Use of Human Reproductive Technologies; H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. 2. The Concept of Moral Consensus: Philosophical Reflections; K. Bayertz. 3. Consensus Formation for Bioethical Problems; L. Honnefelder. 4. Consensus, Pluralism and Procedural Ethics; H.A.M.J. ten Have. 5. New Reproductive Technologies: Ethical Conflict and the Problem of Consensus; H. Kuhse. II: Consensus in Law and Politics. 6. Problems Involved in Achieving a Policy Consensus on Issues Related to Reproductive Medicine; W.-M. Catenhusen. 7. Moral Consensus and the Law; C. Wellman. 8. Coming to Consensus: an Ethical Problem in Law and Politics - Illustrated by the Example of Reproductive Technologies; A. Bondolfi. 9. The Empirical Limits of Consensus: Can Theory and Practice be Reconciled? L.R. Tancredi. III: Microinstitutions of Concensus-Formation. 10. Consensus by Committee: Philosophical and Social Aspects of Ethics Committees; J.D. Moreno. 11. Consensus in Ethics and Public Policy: the Deliberations of the U.S. Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panel; J.F. Childress. 12. Consensus by Default. The Transition from the Social Technology of Eugenics to the `Technological-Fix' of Human Genetics; P. Weingart. 13. Beyond Consensus about Principles: Decision-Making by a Genetics Advisory Board in Reproductive Medicine; S. Novaes. 14. `... 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; A. Voss. 15. A Sceptical Postscript: Some Concluding Reflections on Consensus; H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. Index.
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