Developing World Bioethics 10 (1):49-58 (2010)
The field of bioethics is replete with applications of moral theories such as utilitarianism and Kantianism. For a given dilemma, even if it is not clear how one of these western philosophical principles of right (and wrong) action would resolve it, one can identify many of the considerations that each would conclude is relevant. The field is, in contrast, largely unaware of an African account of what all right (and wrong) actions have in common and of the sorts of factors that for it are germane to developing a sound response to a given bioethical problem. My aim is to help rectify this deficiency by first spelling out a moral theory grounded in the mores of many sub-Saharan peoples, and then applying it to some major bioethical issues, namely, the point of medical treatment, free and informed consent, standards of care and animal experimentation. For each of these four issues, I compare and contrast the implications of the African moral theory with utilitarianism and Kantianism, my overall purposes being to highlight respects in which the African moral theory is distinct and to demonstrate that the field should take it at least as seriously as it does the Western theories.
|Keywords||special obligations health priorities sub‐Saharan Africa clinical trials animal experimentation informed consent|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Engaging Diverse Social and Cultural Worlds: Perspectives on Benefits in International Clinical Research From South African Communities.Olga Zvonareva, Nora Engel, Eleanor Ross, Ron Berghmans, Ames Dhai & Anja Krumeich - 2015 - Developing World Bioethics 15 (1):8-17.
An African Theory of Moral Status: A Relational Alternative to Individualism and Holism.Thaddeus Metz - 2012 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (3):387-402.
Bioethics and the Challenges to its Growth in Africa.T. Andoh Cletus - 2011 - Open Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):67.
Organ Transplant Trade: A Moral Examination.Seeiso J. Koali - 2015 - Open Journal of Philosophy 5 (5):261-267.
Bioethics Training in Uganda: Report on Research and Clinical Ethics Workshops. [REVIEW]Cynthia Griggins, Christian Simon, Frederick Nakwagala & Rebecca Pentz - 2011 - HEC Forum 23 (1):43-56.
Similar books and articles
The Final Ends of Higher Education in Light of an African Moral Theory.Thaddeus Metz - 2009 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 (2):179-201.
Ubuntu as a Moral Theory: Reply to Four Critics.Thaddeus Metz - 2007 - South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (4):369-87.
African Conceptions of Human Dignity: Vitality and Community as the Ground of Human Rights.Thaddeus Metz - 2012 - Human Rights Review 13 (1):19-37.
The Motivation for “Toward an African Moral Theory”.Thaddeus Metz - 2007 - South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (26):331-335.
The Virtues of African Ethics.Thaddeus Metz - 2013 - In Stan van Hooft (ed.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. Acumen Publishing. pp. 276-84.
Higher Education, Knowledge For Its Own Sake, and an African Moral Theory.Thaddeus Metz - 2009 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 28 (6):517-536.
An African Theory of Bioethics: Reply to Macpherson and Macklin.Thaddeus Metz - 2010 - Developing World Bioethics 10 (3):158-163.
Toward an African Moral Theory.Thaddeus Metz - 2007 - Journal of Political Philosophy 15 (3):321–341.
The African Ethic of Ubuntu/Botho: Implications for Research on Morality.Thaddeus Metz & Joseph Gaie - 2010 - Journal of Moral Education 39 (3):273-290.
Added to index2010-01-05
Total downloads70 ( #74,991 of 2,169,749 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #60,873 of 2,169,749 )
How can I increase my downloads?