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Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics


In this contribution, the most important developments in risk theory and risk ethics are presented and connected with key issues in the debate on global bioethics. First, a short historical sketch of the development of the fairly young field of risk ethics is provided. This is followed by an exploration of concepts and notions of risk and related notions of uncertainty and ignorance. This discussion is based on work in decision theory, epistemology, and philosophy of science. The main body of this contribution focuses on the link between risk and global bioethics. It starts with a discussion of the role of risk and uncertainty in global bioethics in general. It then discusses values and moral emotions in global bioethics, building on insights from risk perception research. The last section explores the complex interrelationships between risk and responsibility in the context of global bioethics.

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Roeser, S., Fahlquist, J.N., Hillerbrand, R. (2016). Risk. In: ten Have, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Springer, Cham.

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