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Bioethics Seminar: Whose justice for whom and how? A hermeneutic exploration of Confucian 義 “Righteousness"

This talk will introduce a deliberate hermeneutical approach to bioethics. In our globalised world, “Justice” seems to be taken for granted, as a general ethical norm to govern social transactions and lines of demarcation, and as a so-called principle in bioethics. This is the result of contingent interactions between political, historical and intellectual processes. Therefore, legitimacy and meaning of yi 義 (Confucian) / justice (heterogeneous global) remain an urgent matter for clarification, especially but not solely in cross-cultural discussions.

Even when there are positive codes, legal regulation and international laws prescribing “justice” equivocally, the actual meaning is generated in multi-layered segments of practice, between philosophical discourse, institutional and social practice and acts of decision-making. However, bioethics tends to refer to this concept as if it were sufficiently framed, as, “a principle” or, “a norm”.

The meaning of 義 justice, be it individual, collective or global, concrete or abstract, is subject to interpretation and experiment, political strategy and implementation, individual struggle and reflection on related outcomes. As a normative learning process, 義 justice intrinsically seeks to advance the quality and reliability of an intended human culture, notably in bioethics.

Speaker : Professor Ole Döring, Visiting William Evans Fellow.

Date Monday, 8 May 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video linked Wellington and Christchurch Campus.
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120

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