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Complexity, postmodernism and the bioethical dilemma

dc.contributor.authorDe Roubaix, Malcolmen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorCilliers, Paulen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-12T07:56:19Z
dc.date.available2018-02-12T07:56:19Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationDe Roubaix, M. & Cilliers, P. 2008. Complexity, postmodernism and the bioethical dilemma. Acta Academica, 40(2):82-109
dc.identifier.issn2415-0479 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0587-2405 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103112
dc.descriptionCITATION: De Roubaix, M. & Cilliers, P. 2008. Complexity, postmodernism and the bioethical dilemma. Acta Academica, 40(2):82-109.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://journals.ufs.ac.za
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the implications of a postmodern ethics for bioethical problems. Traditional approaches to bioethics, with specific reference to “principlism”, depend on a modernist strategy which attempts to produce generalised solutions. Making use of complexity theory, it is shown that the factors specific to each instance cannot be reduced in an objective way. The contingency of each individual case has to be considered. This leads to an ethics which cannot be the result of following universal rules, but one that has to accept the responsibility for the outcome of our decisions, even if these outcomes are not fully predictable. The responsibility for our choices cannot be shifted onto some a priori principle.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://journals.ufs.ac.za/index.php/aa/article/view/1173
dc.format.extent28 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSUN MeDIA Bloemfontein
dc.subjectBioethical problemsen_ZA
dc.titleComplexity, postmodernism and the bioethical dilemmaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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