Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self

Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self

Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the SelfAttitudes towards science, medicine and the body are all profoundly shaped by people’s worldviews. When discussing issues of bioethics, religion often plays a major role. In this volume, the role of genetic manipulation and neurotechnology in shaping human identity is examined from multiple religious perspectives. This is in order to understand how religion might affect the impact of the initiatives such as the UNESCO Declaration in Bioethics and Human Rights.

Edited by Joseph Tham, Chris Durante, Alberto García Gómez

Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 978-1-13-831575-4
Pages: 260 pages

The book features bioethics experts from six major religions: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. It includes a number of distinct religious and cultural views on the anthropological, ethical and social challenges of emerging technologies in the light of human rights and in the context of global bioethics.
The contributors work together to explore issues such as: cultural attitudes to gene editing; neuroactive drugs; the interaction between genes and behaviours; the relationship between the soul, the mind and DNA; and how can clinical applications of these technologies benefit the developing world.

This is a significant collection, demonstrating how religion and modern technologies relate to one another. It will, therefore, be of great interest to academics working in bioethics, religion and the body, interreligious dialogue, and religion and science, technology and neuroscience.

Table of Contents

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Joseph Tham

1. Some Convergence of Religious Views on the Ethics of Neurogenetic Technologies
Alberto García Gómez and Claudia Ruiz Sotomayor

2. Cosmopolitan Conversations
Chris Durante

PART I Asian Religions: Buddhism

3. Neurogenomics and Neuroeudaimonics: Bioethical Challenges from the Buddhist Perspective
Ellen Y. Zhang

4. Meditation or Medication? A Buddhist Response
Soraj Hongladaron

5. A Christian Point of View on Buddhist Neuroethics
Colleen Gallagher

PART II Asian Religions: Confucianism

6. DNA, Brain, Mind, and Soul: A Confucian Perspective
Ruiping Fan

7. Confucian Bio-Philosophical Naturalism
Wenqing Zhao

8. Christian Reflections on Confucian Understandings of the Person
Paul I. Lee

PART III Asian Religions: Hinduism

9. Hinduism and Bioethical Challenges in Neurogenomics
Rahul Peter Das

10. Bioethical Challenges in Neurogenomics: Repositioning Hindu Bioethics
Deepak Sarma

11. Reflections on Neurogenetic Challenges to Human Dignity and Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church
María Elisabeth de los Ríos

PART IV Monotheistic Religions: Christianity and Catholicism

12. Neurogenomics from the Catholic tradition: A succinct anthropological perspective based on recent developments
Alberto Carrara and Giulia Bovassi

13. Technological Advances and the Common Good: A Protestant Christian Response
John K. Graham

14. A Jewish Perspective on Neuroethics and Religion
Mirko Garasic

PART V Monotheistic Religions: Islam

15. Responsibly Seeking Knowledge: an Islamic Understanding of Neurogenomics and Enhancement
Mustafa Abu Sway

16. Ruminations on the Islamic Understanding of Neurogenomics from a Hindu Perspective
John Lunstroth

17. The Ethical Challenges of Neurogenomics: Nuancing the Islamic Discourse
Aasim I. Padela

PART VI Monotheistic Religions: Judaism

18. If I Only Had Three Eyes! Jewish Perspectives on Genetic Enhancement
Jonathan K. Crane

19. The Absurdity and Profanity of Transforming Human Nature. Further Reflections on Genetic Enhancement from a Jewish Perspective
David Heyd

20. Enhancement, Hubris and Vulnerability of the Human Nature: a Response to the Jewish Perspective
Laura Palazzani


21. Interreligious Perspectives on Emerging Technologies
Joseph Tham

About the Editors

Joseph Tham teaches bioethics at Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy, and is the former Dean of the School of Bioethics. He is a Fellow of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights.

Chris Durante is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey, USA, as well as a Fellow of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics & Human Rights, where he serves as the Academic Coordinator of the Bioethics, Multiculturalism & Religion workshops.

Alberto García Gómez is the director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Rome, Italy. He is Professor of Philosophy of Law and International Law at the School of Bioethics of Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Furthermore, he is a researcher of the Human Rights Institute at Complutense University.


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