GLOBAL BIOETHICS: UTOPIA OR REALITY?
Article first published online: 14 AUG 2006
© 2006 The Author. Journal compilation © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Developing World Bioethics
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 70–81, August 2008
How to Cite
HELLSTEN, S. K. (2008), GLOBAL BIOETHICS: UTOPIA OR REALITY?. Developing World Bioethics, 8: 70–81. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8847.2006.00162.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 14 AUG 2006
- global bioethics;
This article discusses what ‘global bioethics’ means today and what features make bioethical research ‘global’. The article provides a historical view of the development of the field of ‘bioethics’, from medical ethics to the wider study of bioethics in a global context. It critically examines the particular problems that ‘global bioethics’ research faces across cultural and political borders and suggests some solutions on how to move towards a more balanced and culturally less biased dialogue in the issues of bioethics. The main thesis is that we need to bring global and local aspects closer together, when looking for international guidelines, by paying more attention to particular cultures and local economic and social circumstances in reaching a shared understanding of the main values and principles of bioethics, and in building ‘biodemocracy’.