Should we Ignore Thinking of Catholics to get a ‘Healthy’ Global Bioethics?

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Should we Ignore Thinking of Catholics to get a ‘Healthy’ Global Bioethics?
Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Dr. Alberto García Gomez
Professor of Philosophy of Law & International Law
School of Bioethics, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum, Rome

In contemporary bioethics some secular scholars and politicians claim that global bioethics should ignore religious convictions since religion, through history, has been cause of conflicts, wars and misunderstanding. Religions are so different that dialogue and common ground in bioethics is basically useless and fruitless.

Dr. García will map the field on global bioethics and answer the following question: Is it possible to reconcile cultural and religious diversity and Global Bioethics? On the one hand, Bioethics in ignoring religious convictions would be antidemocratic, since most of the world population have religious convictions. On the other hand, Bioethics in having one religious vision prevail, would fail in its universal vocation. In light of these perspectives Dr. García will share with the audience his personal experience of "Fostering the Art of Convergence and Cooperation in Global Ethics" by introducing human rights and duties language in Life Sciences and Medicine. This is his mission as UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights. This is also what the Catholic Church is doing by participating in an active way in international organizations (UN, UNESCO, WHO...) involved in bioethics at a global level.

Cost Free and open to the public
Location Cullen Hall
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