Religious Perspectives on Human Vulnerability in Bioethics

  • Joseph Tham
  • Alberto Garcia
  • Gonzalo Miranda

Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. General Considerations on the Principle of Vulnerability in Bioethics

  3. Religious Perspectives of Vulnerability from Philosophical, Ethical and Legal Points of View

  4. Responses to Vulnerable Groups from Six Religions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-251

About this book


With the advance of biomedicine, certain individuals and groups are vulnerable because of their incapacities to defend themselves. The International Bioethics Committee as a UNESCO working group has for the last several years dedicated to deepen this principle of human vulnerability and personal integrity. This book serves to supplement this effort with a religious perspective given a great number of the world’s population is affiliated with some religious traditions. While there is diversity within each of these traditions, all of them carry in them the mission to protect the weak, the underprivileged, and the poor. Thus, here presented is a collection of papers written by bioethics experts from six major world religions—Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—who were gathered to discuss the meaning and implications of the principle of vulnerability in their respective traditions.        


bioethics and vulnerability human vulnerability religion and bioethics religion and biomedicine religion and vulnerability religious dialogue

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Tham
    • 1
  • Alberto Garcia
    • 2
  • Gonzalo Miranda
    • 3
  1. 1.Ateneo Pontificio Regina ApostolorumSchool of BioethicsRomeItaly
  2. 2.Ateneo Pontificio Regina ApostolorumSchool of BioethicsRomeItaly
  3. 3.UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human RightsRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8735-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8736-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-652X
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-6538
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