Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 159–161 | Cite as

The Asia Pacific Issue: Richness in Diversity

Special Issue Editors: Paul A. Komesaroff, Ian Kerridge
  • Paul A. KomesaroffEmail author
  • Ian Kerridge

Since its establishment in 2004 the key aspiration of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry has been to reflect the diversity of the bioethics community by promoting dialogues across the boundaries separating the multiplicity of disciplines it encompasses. To realise this goal we have sought to provide a forum for discussion and critical reflection concerning both conventional topics of bioethical inquiry and questions of pressing contemporary relevance.

Our basic premise has been that the world is irrevocably multicentered and multicultural, and infinitely diverse. This heterogeneity has generated a rich variety of ways of understanding the world. Where it was once assumed that there is only one correct ethical point of view it is necessary now to recognise a proliferation of value systems, including different visions of the good, freedom and happiness. Cultural differences can create extraordinary richness and provide real opportunities for learning – and re-learning – about health care...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Ethics in Medicine and SocietyMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in MedicineUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.The Monash Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society, Monash Medical SchoolAlfred HospitalPrahran, MelbourneAustralia

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