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Special Issue of "European Legacy"
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Religion and Biotechnology: The Challenge

Special Issue of "European Legacy"

The continuous and constantly accelerated introduction of advanced new
technologies allowing an unprecedented variety of radically novel
applications is inundating our social and private life. One important
species of these technological breakthroughs is biotechnology and
concerns a vital aspect of our scientific knowledge of the biological
world and its inner laws. As such, it inevitably poses itself as a
challenge to religion which may be seen as either a more pronounced
version of the old antagonism between science and religious belief or
rather as a radically new conflict. The most controversial area of
applied biotechnology concerns human germline modification and
enhancement beyond mere therapy, sometimes referred to as the "new
eugenics", as well as human cloning.

Biotechnology is quite different from purely scientific speculation for
the sake of knowledge only as well as from mere invention of tools. It
embodies a new type of merging science and technology that we may
call "techno-science", being a search for new theories that,
simultaneously, carry within them the demand for their own application
via advanced instruments. At the same time, we are witnessing certain
accommodating moves or outright rejections of certain aspects of
biotechnology on the side of religion.

Papers are welcome for a special theme issue of the /European Legacy/
that will seek to delineate, analyze and discuss the current stage of
the relationship between religion and biotechnology and the impact of
all sorts of human genetic engineering on traditional theological
attitudes to life and the notion of the human person. The special issue
is expected to present as many religious positions as possible and offer
a representative array of themes and methodological approaches,
encompassing discussions in epistemological, ethical, historical or
socio-political terms.


To submit an article for this Special issue please contact:

Dr. Byron Kaldis
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
The Hellenic Open University

Источник: NewResearchNetwork e-list

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