African Perspectives on Some Contemporary Bioethics Problems
This collection of essays addresses an important cross-section of issues in contemporary bioethics. It represents an essential contribution to global bioethics anchored and grounded on a continent most remarkable for its biological, cultural and linguistic diversity. It is a fitting beginning to addressing the observable absence of African voices in the rather lively global discourses of bioethics. The issues treated here include a discussion of the fundamental principles of bioethics; the place of African thought in medical research ethics, traditional medicine, and assisted conception; the moral status of embryonic stem cells; research with vulnerable human beings; and sexual and reproductive health in Africa. It explores a paradigm of how the universal and the particular may be blended, how global bioethics can remain firmly anchored and committed locally, regionally, continentally.
Godfrey B. Tangwa is Emeritus Professor at the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon, where he was Head of the Department of Philosophy from 2004 to 2009. He is a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences, Vice Chairperson of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative, and Chairperson of the Cultural, Anthropological, Social and Economic work group of the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium. He was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Universities of Bayreuth and Munich, Germany, in 1995 and 1996. His publications include ten books, 33 book chapters and 45 peer-reviewed journal articles.
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