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The Philosophical Concept of Life and Its Role in the Foundation of an Integrative Bioethics

Thomas Sören Hoffmann ; Fernuniversität in Hagen, Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences, Institute of Philosophy, Hagen, Germany

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APA 6th Edition
Hoffmann, T.S. (2015). The Philosophical Concept of Life and Its Role in the Foundation of an Integrative Bioethics. Synthesis philosophica, 30 (1), 5-15. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/162940
MLA 8th Edition
Hoffmann, Thomas Sören. "The Philosophical Concept of Life and Its Role in the Foundation of an Integrative Bioethics." Synthesis philosophica, vol. 30, no. 1, 2015, pp. 5-15. https://hrcak.srce.hr/162940. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Hoffmann, Thomas Sören. "The Philosophical Concept of Life and Its Role in the Foundation of an Integrative Bioethics." Synthesis philosophica 30, no. 1 (2015): 5-15. https://hrcak.srce.hr/162940
Harvard
Hoffmann, T.S. (2015). 'The Philosophical Concept of Life and Its Role in the Foundation of an Integrative Bioethics', Synthesis philosophica, 30(1), pp. 5-15. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/162940 (Accessed 18 October 2021)
Vancouver
Hoffmann TS. The Philosophical Concept of Life and Its Role in the Foundation of an Integrative Bioethics. Synthesis philosophica [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2021 October 18];30(1):5-15. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/162940
IEEE
T.S. Hoffmann, "The Philosophical Concept of Life and Its Role in the Foundation of an Integrative Bioethics", Synthesis philosophica, vol.30, no. 1, pp. 5-15, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/162940. [Accessed: 18 October 2021]

Abstracts
The essay demonstrates how bioethics can find an ethical dimension of its own and an original source of normativity by taking a fresh look at the concept of life. This requires a concept of life which is more than empirical, the logic of which is developed, in the first instance, from the insights arrived at by the philosophers of German idealism, but also from those of the more recent phenomenology of life. The basic problem of an integrative bioethics consists then in thinking through the development of an ethics with a fundamental attachment to the actuality of life, where the latter always precedes the former. Depending on the side that the emphasis is placed, bioethics acquires either a more ‘Apollonian’ rational or a ‘Dionysian’ vitalistic character, although integrating the two into a synthesis is what is essential.

Keywords
life; totality; source of normativity; German idealism

Hrčak ID: 162940

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/162940

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