Friday, January 22, 2010

Towards a radical bioethics

I've been meaning to link to this review of Observing Bioethics for awhile now (btw, this new book review blog of TNR is pretty good, you all should check it out).

I don't want to say too much on this issue here, but this is basically my next project, after I finish the dissertation and get it published. Right now continental philosophy seems to have very little to give toward either practical ethics or bioethics. Indeed, Agamben and the teabaggers seem to have roughly the same level of analysis of bioethicists (hint, they both think they are nazis). Meanwhile, bioethics remains rather conservative, rather individualistic. This is at the same time that bioethics is probably the single most influential part of philosophy today. Things need to change.