Bioethics: Latin American Perspectives

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Arleen L. F. Salles, María Julia Bertomeu
Rodopi, 2002 - Philosophy - 199 pages
This book presents a unique view of the current state of development of bioethics in Latin America. Twelve Latin American thinkers who share a primary interest in bioethics address a vast range of questions, including autonomy, rights, justice, and the role of culture and religion in bioethics. These studies contribute to an understanding of Latin American thought, and they make possible a transcultural dialogue on bioethical issues.

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The Case of Latin America
THREE Womens Reproductive Rights and Public Policy
FOUR Hastening Death
FIVE Some Philosophical Considerations on Mexicos
SIX Moral Person and the Right to Health Care
The Ethical
EIGHT Bioethics and Research in Brazil
NINE What Is Exactly Wrong with Selling Your Body
TEN Interdisciplinary Ethics Committees
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Page 11 - Putting the various pieces together, autonomy is conceived of as a second-order capacity of persons to reflect critically upon their first-order preferences, desires, wishes, and so forth and the capacity to accept or attempt to change these in light of higher-order preferences and values.

About the author (2002)

María Julia Bertomeu is professor of ethics at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, and researcher of the National Research Council (CONICET). Among her areas of investigation are theoretical ethics and bioethics. She is co-editor of Universalismo and Multiculturalismo (2000). Her most recent articles are "I. Kant en algunas teorías recientes de justicia social" (Veritas) and "Comisiones y Comités de Bioética. Una mirada retrospectiva" (Perspectivas Bioéticas de las Américas).
Arleen L.F. Salles (Ph.D.) teaches philosophy at Montclair State University, United States, and is a docent in the Master Program in Applied Ethics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research and teaching focus on ethical theory, moral psychology, and bioethical theory. Recent publications center on emotions in ethical theory, ethical issues in cloning, and particularism and emotions in bioethics. She is co-editor of Decisiones de vida y muerte (1995), and Bioética (1998).

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