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On the Necessity of Global Bioethics in a Multicultural World

(Original title: O potrebe globálnej bioetiky v multikultúrnom svete)
Filozofia, 2007, vol. 62, No 3, pp. 191-202.
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Abstract

Before we start to think about universal and global bioethical norms, we have to ask, whether we really need them. In this paper, we bring three examples to demonstrate the need for a global regulation in biomedicine. The first example shows how the Internet facilitates the human organs and embryos market to boom. The second example focuses on global aspects of biopiracy and the third one on female genital mutilation (FGM), which points to the conflict between universalistic approach and the principles of multiculturalism. In conclusion we shortly discuss conceptual problems of the ongoing process of global bioethics forming itself as an extension of the UN universal human rights.

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