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Elements of African Bioethics in a Western Frame
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For millennia, Africans have lived on the African continent, in close contact with the diversities of nature: floral, faunal and human; and in so doing they have developed cultures, values, attitudes and perspectives to the problems, ethical and otherwise, that have arisen from the existential pressures of their situation. The problem, however, is that such values and perspectives do not necessarily form coherent ethical theories. Theory-making is a second order activity requiring a certain amount of leisure and comfort which the existential conditions of life on the African continent have not easily permitted in the retrospect-able past. The elements of African bioethics are to be found in its cultural values, traditions, customs and practices. These are research-able, highlight-able and usable by those who would. The bioethical problems of our current global existential situation are such that all possible solutions, no matter their provenance, ought to be tried. Western culture†has far too loud a voice combined with deaf ears in contemporary ethical discourse. But it should never be forgotten that other cultures†have their own word to say and that alternative values, ways of thinking and practices exist, and attempt should always be made to bring these out and to highlight them, if they could possibly contribute to the satisfactory solution of a global problem. This book brings together various papers on bioethical issues and problems, written at different times, some previously published, each of which attempts to bring out some African†elements, perspective or concern. The African narrative style predominates through these essays but their framing conforms, more or less, to the Western paradigm for presenting academic issues.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. 1. INTERVIEW WITH PROF. DR. G.B. TANGWA
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. BIOETHICS: AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
  2. pp. 9-28
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  1. 3. THE ABORTION DEBATE: ETHICS, CUSTOM AND LAW IN INTERACTION
  2. pp. 29-38
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  1. 4. AFRICAN BIOETHICS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  2. pp. 39-48
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  1. 5. AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON BIOMEDICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
  2. pp. 49-69
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  1. 6. RIGHTS AND RATIONING IN HEALTH CARE: SOME RANDOM CONSIDERATIONS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTEXT
  2. pp. 70-82
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  1. 7. MORALITY AND CULTURE: ARE ETHICS CULTURE- DEPENDENT?
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. 8. BIOETHICS, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE: A VOICE FROM THE MARGINS
  2. pp. 92-105
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  1. 9. CIRCUMCISION: AN AFRICAN POINT OF VIEW
  2. pp. 106-122
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  1. 10. FEMINISM AND FEMININITY: GENDER AND MOTHERHOOD IN AFRICA
  2. pp. 123-140
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  1. 11. BIOETHICS, CUSTOMS AND LAWS IN THE PRESENT SITUATION OF AFRICA
  2. pp. 141-153
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  1. 12. BIOETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL BIO-MEDICAL RESEARCH FROM THE POINT OF VIEW AND PERSPECTIVE OF AFRICAN CULTURE AND PHILOSOPHY
  2. pp. 154-185
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  1. 13. IS BIOETHICS LOVE OF LIFE? AN AFRICAN VIEW- POINT
  2. pp. 186-188
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  1. 14. GLOBALISATION OR WESTERNISATION? ETHICAL CONCERNS IN THE WHOLE BIO-BUSINESS
  2. pp. 189-198
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  1. 15. LIVING IN A WORLD OF DIVERSITY AND VARIETY
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. Back Cover
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