BIOETHICS DEBATE IN UNITED EUROPE

  • Mircea Gelu Buta

Abstract


The American influence on the development of bioethics in Europe cannot be ignored today. Since the early 80s of the last century, many European bioethicists and philosophers have visited universities in North America, accepting secular theories on bioethics without restraint, particularly those principlistic theories of Beauchamp and Childress. The most enthusiastic were the English and the Dutch, and so the continental Europeans are talking about an Anglo-American influence rather than exclusively American bioethics. Despite the import of ideas, Christian values still inspire European bioethics, a challenge through which people try to take the path that leads to God or, on the contrary, it takes them away from Him. Since philosophy and ethics came to be understood today as secular intellectual disciplines, the possibility of implementing Christian bioethics should be evaluated by exploring the differences, but also the values that separate and bring together the two projects.


Published
2015-12-20
How to Cite
BUTA, Mircea Gelu. BIOETHICS DEBATE IN UNITED EUROPE. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa, [S.l.], v. 60, n. 2, p. 195-206, dec. 2015. ISSN 2065-9474. Available at: <http://journals.orth.ro/index.php/subbto/article/view/42>. Date accessed: 05 apr. 2020.
Section
Practical Theology