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Eight Is Enough?: The Ethics Of The California Octuplets Case, Scott Paeth Oct 2012

Eight Is Enough?: The Ethics Of The California Octuplets Case, Scott Paeth

Scott R. Paeth

The recent California octuplets case raises a number of important issues that need to be addressed in the context of the increasingly widespread practice of in vitro fertilization. This paper explores some of those issues as looked at from the perspective of protestant theological ethics and public theology, examining the moral responsibilities of the various participants in the process, both before and after the octuplets’ birth, including the mother, her doctors, the health care bureaucracy, the wider society, and the media. Each of these participants failed in significant respects to consider the ethical implications of the births in this complicated ...


A Healthy Mania For The Macabre, Stephen Asma Aug 2012

A Healthy Mania For The Macabre, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

The article discusses the fascination with death in art in response to several exhibits which display preserved human bodies, such as the "Body Worlds" traveling exhibit which features human bodies preserved with silicon after an acetone bath, a technique discovered by medical scientist Gunther von Hagens. The author looks at human curiosity with morbidity and artists such as Damien Hirst that use it as the focus of their work. Topics include comments by Richard Harris, creator of "Morbid Curiosity" exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, art historian Paul Koudounaris, and the beauty of death and morbidity according to New York artist and ...


That You May Enter Under My Roof: Eucharistic Indwelling And The Trinitarian Life, Gabriel Pivarnik Jul 2012

That You May Enter Under My Roof: Eucharistic Indwelling And The Trinitarian Life, Gabriel Pivarnik

Rev. R. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., S.T.D.

No abstract provided.


Review Of Helen Watt's "Fertility And Gender", M. Lysaught May 2012

Review Of Helen Watt's "Fertility And Gender", M. Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

No abstract provided.


The Moral Complexity Of Video Games, Scott Paeth Mar 2012

The Moral Complexity Of Video Games, Scott Paeth

Scott R. Paeth

Over the past two decades, video games have reached a level of technological sophistication that enables them to immerse players in complex stories and relationships. The games require players to draw not only on their hand-eye coordination skills and puzzle-solving prowess but also on their moral imagination as they navigate complex relationships and their consequences. Today's video games are light years away from Pong and Asteroids, and they have the potential not only to offer richly textured narratives and fantastically realistic-seeming worlds but to aid in forming us as moral beings, for better and for worse.


Corporations, Cros And Globalized Biomedical Research: Is Belmont Obsolete?, M Lysaught Mar 2012

Corporations, Cros And Globalized Biomedical Research: Is Belmont Obsolete?, M Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

Christian and Jewish theologians and philosophers were key figures in shaping the normative principles for human subjects research (HSR). Yet since the publishing of the federal regulations governing HSR in 1981, HSR per se has received little theological attention. This is particularly anomalous given that 1980 marks a turning-point in HSR, as it moved from an enterprise circumscribed within a physician-researcher/patient-subject model to its current infrastructure as a multi-billion dollar global industry. This shift requires rethinking the philosophical and theological structure of research ethics. In particular, it requires that research ethics theorize both economics and the new agents of ...


Corporeality And The Corporation: The Duty To Participate In Biomedical Research As Biopolitics, M Lysaught Mar 2012

Corporeality And The Corporation: The Duty To Participate In Biomedical Research As Biopolitics, M Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

Over the past three decades, an enormous transformation has occurred in the political economy of biomedical research. Since the promulgation of the Belmont framework and the Federal guidelines, human subjects research has become a commodified enterprise governed by the principles of neoliberal economics, in the words of Jill Fisher, "a full-fledged industry with a global presence." This economic transformation has been accompanied by a dizzying increase in the numbers of human bodies now subjected to biomedical research. In spite of these economic and numerical realities, some claim that persons have a duty or moral obligation to enroll as human subjects ...


Corporations, Cros And Profit: Ethics In The New Bio-Political Economy Of Globalized Biomedical Research, M Lysaught Mar 2012

Corporations, Cros And Profit: Ethics In The New Bio-Political Economy Of Globalized Biomedical Research, M Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

A main catalyst in the emergence of the bioethics was the abuse of human subjects. Theologians were key in shaping the normative principles for human subjects research (HSR). Yet, while HSR in 2009 differs dramatically from its shape in the 1960s and 1970s, changes which have occurred over the past two decades have received little theological analysis. This paper will consider the globalization of HSR to map the myriad challenges that the global, economic, industrial infrastructure of HSR presents to the standard principles of research ethics. Particular attention will be paid to the nature of the new agent of HSR-the ...


The Last Shall Be First: Human Potential In Genetic And Theological Perspectives, M Lysaught Mar 2012

The Last Shall Be First: Human Potential In Genetic And Theological Perspectives, M Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

The notion of “human potential” provides a fruitful window through which to explore the competing conceptual frameworks of contemporary genetics and Christianity. The contemporary cultural frame of genetics conceives of human potential in a broadly positive manner: the source of personal and societal flourishing is located within individual bodies, waiting to be identified and unleashed by genetic science and medicine for the good of persons and society. In the Judeo-Christian narrative, human individual, biological potential is far less relevant—and, in fact, may be construed as an impediment to the achievement of personal and social flourishing. Implications for the dialogue ...


Review Of Political Worship: Ethics For Christian Citizens, By Bernd Wannenwetsch, M Lysaught Mar 2012

Review Of Political Worship: Ethics For Christian Citizens, By Bernd Wannenwetsch, M Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

No abstract provided.


Review Of "Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism And The Spirit Of Reproduction," By Amy Laura Hall, M Lysaught Mar 2012

Review Of "Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism And The Spirit Of Reproduction," By Amy Laura Hall, M Lysaught

M. Therese Lysaught

No abstract provided.


Will Advances In The Life Sciences Change Our Vision Of Man?, Father Nicanor Austriaco Dec 2011

Will Advances In The Life Sciences Change Our Vision Of Man?, Father Nicanor Austriaco

Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P.

No abstract provided.