Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights

  • Joseph Tham
  • Kai Man Kwan
  • Alberto Garcia

Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Theoretical Discussions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alberto Garcia, John Lunstroth, Dominique J. Monlezun, Claudia R. Sotomayor
      Pages 59-74
  3. Asian Religions: Buddhism

  4. Asian Religions: Confucianism

  5. Asian Religions: Daoism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Roland Chia
      Pages 145-151
  6. Asian Religions: Hinduism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Martha Tarasco
      Pages 173-180
  7. Monotheistic Religions: Christianity & Catholicism

  8. Monotheistic Religions: Islam

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Dariusch Atighetchi
      Pages 231-241
  9. Monotheistic Religions: Judaism

About this book


This book deals with the thorny issue of human rights in different cultures and religions, especially in the light of bioethical issues. In this book, experts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism and Confucianism discuss the tension between their religious traditions and the claim of universality of human rights.  The East-West contrast is particularly evident with regards to human rights.  Some writers find the human rights language too individualistic and it is foreign to major religions where the self does not exist in isolation, but is normally immersed in a web of relations and duties towards family, friends, religion community, and society.  Is the human rights discourse a predominantly Western liberal ideal, which in bioethics is translated to mean autonomy and free choice?  In today’s democratic societies, laws have been drafted to protect individuals and communities against slavery, discrimination, torture or genocide.  Yet, it appears unclear at what moment universal rights supersede respect for cultural diversity and pluralism.  This collection of articles demonstrates a rich spectrum of positions among different religions, as they confront the ever more pressing issues of bioethics and human rights in the modern world. This book is intended for those interested in the contemporary debates on religious ethics, human rights, bioethics, cultural diversity and multiculturalism.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Tham
    • 1
  • Kai Man Kwan
    • 2
  • Alberto Garcia
    • 3
  1. 1.Ateneo Pontificio Regina ApostolorumRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Religion and PhilosophyHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong
  3. 3.Bioethics and Human RightsUNESCORomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-58429-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-58431-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-652X
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-6538
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