Editorial

- Darryl Macer, Ph.D.

Email: asianbioethics@yahoo.co.nz
Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 12 (2002), 1.


EJAIB in 2002 begins with a 44 page longer edition, as an attempt to publish a backlog of papers that stems from the increased number of submissions of good and interesting papers to EJAIB. The first two papers look at theoretical bioethics and propose frameworks, which may be different to the mainstream of modern bioethics debate. It is important for EJAIB to provide a forum for discussion of new and innovative ideas, though in fact, the papers extend work and philosophy with a longer tradition. The need for cross cultural dialogue means that alternative traditions need to be discussed, and then we can see the similarities and differences properly.

The next three papers look at environmental ethics, with a discussion of the ethical place of corporations in these discussions. The paper from India shows just how ancient the laws and ethical debates over bioethics are, with a summary of some folklores and ancient Imperial decrees in India that protected animals and the environment.

Next is a series of papers on medical ethics. Cancer disclosure in Japan has been discussed frequently, and the legal trends may reflect some of the public debate that is occurring. A series of three commentaries discuss a particular case in psychiatric ethics, with two authors from Japan and one from Israel. We will have further case studies later in the year, as the case by case reflection may be useful for exploring practical bioethics.

There is an exploration into teaching of bioscience ethics and how students may be learning bioethics. More papers on bioethics education will come in the next issue, as this area of education looks at the way that values are developed.

The program for TRT7 is clearer as also seen in the website that is continually updated. For those who have not yet decided whether to come, we look forward to an even wider cultural communication and dialogue with persons from several countries who have not yet attended TRT meetings. At that meeting a Eubios Ethics Institute statement and TRT statement will be developed, which will be published in the March issue of EJAIB. Those who cannot attend are welcome to send comments on what they would like to see included to me beforehand.

Thank you to those who have renewed their subscription, and taken out membership in Eubios Ethics Institute. We hope to increase diversity of views and circulation in the coming year.


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