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- DescriptionBioethical dilemmas--including those over genetic screening, compulsory vaccination, and abortion--have been the subject of ongoing debates in the media, among the public, and in professional and academic communities. But the paramount bioethical issue in an age of digital techlogy and new media, Joanna Zylinska argues, is the transformation of the very tion of life. In this provocative book, Zylinska examines many of the ethical challenges that techlogy poses to the allegedly sacrosanct idea of the human. In doing so, she goes beyond the traditional understanding of bioethics as a matter for moral philosophy and medicine to propose a new ethics of life rooted in the relationship between the human and the nhuman (both animals and machines) that new techlogy prompts us to develop. After a detailed discussion of the classical theoretical perspectives on bioethics, Zylinska describes three cases of bioethics in action, through which the concepts of the human, animal, and life are being redefined: the reconfiguration of bodily identity by plastic surgery in a TV makeover show; the reduction of the body to two-dimensional genetic code; and the use of biological material in such examples of bioart as Eduardo Kac's infamous fluorescent green bunny. Zylinska addresses ethics from the interdisciplinary perspective of media and cultural studies, drawing on the writings of thinkers from Agamben and Foucault to Haraway and Hayles. Taking theoretical inspiration in particular from the philosophy of alterity as developed by Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Bernard Stiegler, Zylinska makes the case for a new nsystemic, nhierarchical bioethics that encompasses the kinship of humans, animals, and machines.
- Author BiographyJan H. Spyridakis is a Professor of Technical Communicationat the University of Washington and aFellow of the Society for Technical Communication.Her research interests include international communicationand screen design.
- Author(s)Joanna Zylinska
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication21/04/2009
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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