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The New Territories of Bioethics - Bioethics Treatise IV - Edited by Emmanuel and François Hirsch

Edition Erès, 22 November 2018 - 618 Pages

Ahe États généraux de la bioéthique opened on 18 January 2018. "What kind of world do we want tomorrow? » It is on this question that these States General on Bioethics have opened up. This consultative process, supported by reports and opinions issued by various bodies, introduces the parliamentary work that should lead to a revised law on bioethics in 2019. Deciding that consultation should not be limited to the revision of the law on bioethics of 7 July 2011 was to affirm that a certain bioethics of yesterday is over.
 
Other bioethical issues have burst onto the public scene and constitute the new territories and new fields of bioethics. If neuroscience was already giving rise to reflections on possible interventions on the brain, to "repair, transform and augment", now artificial intelligence, the use of mass data and robotization impose on us the responsibility of renewing our thinking on bioethics.
"Today, bioethics must be thought of beyond its traditional fields and strictly biomedical developments. Technologies impose a new order, other ways of thinking about our relationship to the world, to others, to our environment, our conceptions of man, his capacities, his health. explains Emmanuel Hirsch, Director of the Ile-de-France Ethics Area.
 
Is it conceivable to provide a legislative framework for disruptive innovations that disrupt our conceptions of the environment, of life, of human beings, of our relationship with others and with the world? Is it possible to conceive of a humanism for a time of artificialisation, digitisation or vitrification of our humanity? What values and criteria should be opposed to the enchantment of a promise of invulnerability and the surpassing of a human condition, considered by some to be unworthy or even revocable?
 
Benefiting from the expertise of more than 60 contributors from the fields of science and the humanities, this Volume IV of the Bioethics Treaty presents a comprehensive overview of current bioethical issues, accessible to all audiences. Completing the corpus of analyses and reflections built up since Volume 1, which was published in 2010, this volume provides a comprehensive overview of the current issues in bioethics, accessible to all audiences. (1)It makes a major contribution to the revision of the law on bioethics and to the reflections that we must make with regard to our future.
 
Emmanuel Hirsch is Director of the Espace éthique de l'Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Professor of Medical Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine, Paris-Sud/Paris-Saclay, President of the Council for Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity at the University of Paris-Saclay.
François Hirsch is Director of Research at INSERM, Secretary General of the INSERM Ethics Committee
 
(1) Treaty on Bioethics, Volume I "Foundations, Principles, Benchmarks", Volume II "Caring for the Person, Developments, Therapeutic Innovations", Volume III "Disabilities, Vulnerabilities, Extreme Situations".

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