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The Moral Status of the Human Person in Bioethics: An Orthodox perspective with special reference to human cloning

Daniel, Varghese (2009) The Moral Status of the Human Person in Bioethics: An Orthodox perspective with special reference to human cloning. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Advances in medicine due to the adoption of scientific and technological innovations are significant, and such applications in human beings deserve a unique ethical
justification. In contrast to the Western bioethical illumination that rationality and brain function are the key criteria to personhood, the author highlights the Eastern anthropological affirmation that all human beings are the image of God, and grow towards theosis. This concept attributes personhood to all humans, irrespective of
their physical and cognitive capacities. The research unveils the scenario in bioethics where the application of ethical theories such as deontology (a priori agapeic) and utilitarianism (a posterioriagapeic) leads the question about the moral status of human beings, in the particular context of cloning debate, into two extreme positions. Hence, the author launches a middle path holistic (eucharistic agapeic) approach which could be more obliging in bioethics. This theory considers the human scientific pursuit as epinoia rather than cataloguing it as “playing God”, and it could be utilised for the benefits of humanity without being over impressed or mesmerised by it. However, the author argues that it is indispensable to adopt a global perspective with a love of wisdom.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Eastern, bioethics, cloning, personhood, epinoia, theosis, image of God, eucharistic, holistic,
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Users 4 not found.
Date Deposited: 25 May 2009 03:59
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/5

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