By Joanna Zylinska

ISBN-10: 0262240564

ISBN-13: 9780262240567

Bioethical dilemmas--including these over genetic screening, obligatory vaccination, and abortion--have been the topic of ongoing debates within the media, one of the public, and in specialist and educational groups. however the paramount bioethical factor in an age of electronic know-how and new media, Joanna Zylinska argues, is the transformation of the very concept of existence. during this provocative ebook, Zylinska examines a few of the moral demanding situations that expertise poses to the allegedly sacrosanct inspiration of the human. In doing so, she is going past the conventional knowing of bioethics as an issue for ethical philosophy and drugs to suggest a brand new "ethics of lifestyles" rooted within the courting among the human and the nonhuman (both animals and machines) that new expertise activates us to increase. After an in depth dialogue of the classical theoretical views on bioethics, Zylinska describes 3 instances of "bioethics in action," wherein the options of "the human," "animal," and "life" are being redefined: the reconfiguration of physically identification by way of cosmetic surgery in a television makeover convey; the aid of the physique to two-dimensional genetic code; and using organic fabric in such examples of "bioart" as Eduardo Kac's notorious fluorescent eco-friendly bunny. Zylinska addresses ethics from the interdisciplinary standpoint of media and cultural reports, drawing at the writings of thinkers from Agamben and Foucault to Haraway and Hayles. Taking theoretical idea specifically from the philosophy of alterity as built by means of Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Bernard Stiegler, Zylinska makes the case for a brand new nonsystemic, nonhierarchical bioethics that encompasses the kinship of people, animals, and machines.

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