- Masahiro Morioka
International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 3-2 Oeyama-cho, Goryo, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-11, JAPAN
Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 1 (1991), 84.
Bioethics has rarely considered such factors. this implies that bioethics is actually a narrow-minded discipline. (With regard to organ transplantation, American psychologists at last seem to have begun to research on its impacts on the human psyche (1)).
Recently I have been investigating images and concepts of life among contemporary Japanese (2), and I believe that anthropological, psychological, and philosophical examinations on our own world-view concerning life and technology are required to make any ethical judgement, rather than judgements being based on simply the so-called "principles of bioethics". That is why I have advocated the comprehensive "study of life" instead of bioethics (3). Bioethics is not a rich paradigm which can offer us the right answer every time.
1. J. Shanteau & R.J. Harris, "Organ donation and transplantation", American Psychological Association, 1990.
2. Masahiro Morioka, "The concept of Inochi: a philosophical perspective on the study of life", Japan Review 2 (1991), 83-115.
3. Masahiro Morioka, Seimeigaku eno Shotai (An Invitation to the Study of Life), Keiso Shobo 1988 (in Japanese).