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'Naturally' Confounded And Confused: Bioethics, Technology, And Religion

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Discussions of bioethics and religion had a significant role in the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) World Congress in 2005. Even as Professor Ebrahim Moosa presented his fascinating paper, 'Neuropolitics and the Body' in Tokyo, an internationally televised 'episode' in the ongoing public drama of bioethics was underscoring the point made by him about the accelerated conjunction of politics, bodies, and technology in our world. That conjunction has certainly been sped up. But it also has sped up the rate at which new forms of 'in-between' bodies are presented to us, along with the unprecedented ethical dilemmas they pose. The author highlights that the category of 'the natural' has been somewhat more effectively deployed there in a positive way. Perhaps this is because Japan, by the exigencies of history, did not have an established notion of 'natural law' based on theology.

Keywords: bioethics; IAHR World Congress; Professor Ebrahim Moosa; religion; technology; Tokyo



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