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  1. Frederic Gilbert, Lawrence Burns & Timothy Krahn (2011). The Inheritance, Power and Predicaments of the “Brain-Reading” Metaphor. Medicine Studies 2 (4):229-244.
    Purpose With the increasing sophistication of neuroimaging technologies in medicine, new language is being sought to make sense of the findings. The aim of this paper is to explore whether the brain-reading metaphor used to convey current medical or neurobiological findings imports unintended significations that do not necessarily reflect the genuine findings made by physicians and neuroscientists. Methods First, the paper surveys the ambiguities of the readability metaphor, drawing from the history of science and medicine, paying special attention to the (...)
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  2. Lawrence Burns (2009). “You Are Our Only Hope”: Trading Metaphorical “Magic Bullets” for Stem Cell “Superheroes”. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (6):427-442.
    In the wake of two recent developments in stem cell research, it is a fitting time to reassess the claim that stem cells will radically transform the concept and function of medicine. The first is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision in January 2009 to approve Geron Corporation’s Phase I clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells for patients with spinal cord injuries. The second is the National Institutes of Health’s decision to permit federal funding of research using donated (...)
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  3. Lawrence Burns (2008). Humanism of the Other Emmanuel Levinas Translated From the French by Nidra Poller; Introduction by Richard A. Cohen Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006, Xlvi + 83 Pp. [REVIEW] Dialogue 47 (01):204-.
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  4. Lawrence Burns (2008). Humanism of the Other. Dialogue 47 (1):204-206.
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  5. Lawrence Burns (2008). Identifying Concrete Ethical Demands in the Face of the Abstract Other: Emmanuel Levinas' Pragmatic Ethics. Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (3):315-335.
    Critics of Levinas reject the notion that the abstract face of the other can ground ethics and generate specific responsibilities. To the contrary, I argue that the face does ground a practical and pragmatic ethics. Drawing on Levinas' phenomenological analyses of the enjoying subject, I show that the face communicates an imperative to the subject that obligates her or him to repair the concrete context of action in which the subject encounters the other. My elucidation takes very seriously the notion (...)
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  6. Lawrence Burns (2008). What is the Scope for the Interpretation of Dignity in Research Involving Human Subjects? Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 11 (2):191-208.
    Drawing on Lennart Nordenfelt’s distinction between the four distinct senses of dignity, I elucidate the meaning of dignity in the context of research involving human subjects. I acknowledge that different interpretations of the personal senses of dignity may be acceptable in human subject research, but that inherent dignity (Menschenwürde) is not open to interpretation in the same way. In order to map out the grounds for interpreting dignity, I examine the unique application of the principle of respect for dignity in (...)
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  7. Lawrence Burns, Monique Lanoix, Ryan M. Melnychuk & Bernie Pauly (2008). Race, Science and a Novel: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Developing World Bioethics 8 (3):226-234.
    We discuss how a novel can illuminate the moral dimensions of science and healthcare. The critical distance afforded by the novel pro.
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  8. Lawrence Burns (2007). Gunther Von Hagens' Body Worlds: Selling Beautiful Education. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (4):12 – 23.
    In the BODY WORLDS exhibitions currently touring the United States, Gunther von Hagens displays human cadavers preserved through plastination. Whole bodies are playfully posed and exposed to educate the public. However, the educational aims are ambiguous, and some aspects of the exhibit violate human dignity. In particular, the signature cards attached to the whole-body plastinates that bear the title, the signature of Gunther von Hagens, and the date of creation mark the plastinates as artwork and von Hagens as the artist (...)
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  9. Lawrence Burns (2007). Overstating the Ban, Ignoring the Compromise. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (2):65-66.
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  10. Lawrence Burns (2007). Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "Gunther Von Hagens' Body Worlds: Selling Beautiful Education": Signed, Sealed, Delivered. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (4):1-3.
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  11. Lawrence Burns (2006). Banking on the Value of Analogies in Bioethics. American Journal of Bioethics 6 (6):63-65.
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  12. Lawrence Burns (2001). Derrida and the Promise of Community. Philosophy and Social Criticism 27 (6):43-53.
    This paper offers a critique of Derrida's deconstruction of the promise on the grounds that it does not adequately account for the ethical constitution of the promise in the pragmatic context of face-to-face dialogue. Instead, Derrida focuses on the way in which the promise opens the horizon of interpretation or readability for an indefinite community of readers. Derrida's view is explicated at length, drawing on Limited Inc, Le monolinguisme de l'autre: ou, la prosthèse d'origine, and 'Avances', the Preface to Serge (...)
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