Bioethics in the Age of New Media (MIT Press) by Joanna Zylinska

By Joanna Zylinska

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 expertise and new media, Joanna Zylinska argues, is the transformation of the very proposal of existence. during this provocative ebook, Zylinska examines a few of the moral demanding situations that expertise poses to the allegedly sacrosanct notion of the human. In doing so, she is going past the normal knowing of bioethics as an issue for ethical philosophy and drugs to suggest a brand new "ethics of existence" rooted within the courting among the human and the nonhuman (both animals and machines) that new know-how activates us to strengthen. After an in depth dialogue of the classical theoretical views on bioethics, Zylinska describes 3 circumstances of "bioethics in action," in which the ideas of "the human," "animal," and "life" are being redefined: the reconfiguration of physically id by means of cosmetic surgery in a television makeover convey; the relief 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 point of view of media and cultural reviews, drawing at the writings of thinkers from Agamben and Foucault to Haraway and Hayles. Taking theoretical idea specifically from the philosophy of alterity as constructed 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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