Four Ethical Principles in European Bioethics and Biolaw: Autonomy, Dignity, Integrity and Vulnerability

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Abstract

The main goal of this chapter is to discuss the epistemological and
practical features of the basic ethical principles in European bioethics and biolaw
as a result of a relevant project supported by the European Commission between
1995 and 1998. That project was based on cooperation between 22 partners coming from most EU countries. Its aim was to identify the ethical principles relating to autonomy, dignity, integrity and vulnerability as four important ideas or values for a European bioethics and biolaw. In this chapter it will be showed how the authors reach the conclusion that the basic ethical principles cannot be understood as universal, everlasting ideas or transcendental truths but they rather function as “reflective guidelines”, and important values in European culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiolaw and Policy in the Twenty-First Century : Building Answers for New Questions
EditorsErick Valdés, Juan Alberto Lecaros
Number of pages8
Volume78
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2019
Pages33-40
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-05902-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-05903-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesInternational Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Volume78
ISSN1567-8008

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Rendtorff, J. D., & Kemp, P. (2019). Four Ethical Principles in European Bioethics and Biolaw: Autonomy, Dignity, Integrity and Vulnerability. In E. Valdés, & J. A. Lecaros (Eds.), Biolaw and Policy in the Twenty-First Century: Building Answers for New Questions (Vol. 78, pp. 33-40). Springer. International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine, Vol.. 78