Reflections From Taiwan on Unsought Truth-Telling: Comparison With Lessons From Saudi Arabia
- Duujian Tsai
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The case by Adlan and ten Have (2012) involves an unsought finding of a wife’s alleged infidelity in a family whose daughter has a genetic disorder. In this case, the innocent father has cared for this daughter with all of his heart. Although this father was apparently a victim of misattributed paternity and, because of the genetic disorder for which he feels responsible, had decided not to have any further children, the extreme punishment that society would mete out to the wife and her relatives led the Arabian Human Ethics Committee to recommend against telling the truth. Although people in Taiwan may in general agree with most of the recommendations provided by the Human Ethics Committee in the tribal context of Saudi Arabia, there are similarities and differences in underlying moral rationales.
The major difference comes from the Taiwan societal belief in science and related ethical concerns. For the general public in Taiwan, one moral expectation about how scientific research shoul ...
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- Reflections From Taiwan on Unsought Truth-Telling: Comparison With Lessons From Saudi Arabia
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Volume 9, Issue 4 , pp 415-416
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- Duujian Tsai (1)
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- 1. Department of Medical Humanities, Medical School, Taipei Medical University, Taipei City, Taiwan