Magical Progeny, Modern Technology: A Hindu Bioethics of Assisted Reproductive Technology

Magical Progeny, Modern Technology: A Hindu Bioethics of Assisted Reproductive Technology

by Swasti Bhattacharyya
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791467929

ISBN-13: 9780791467923

Pub. Date: 07/06/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A Hindu bioethics of reproductive technology that references the Mahabharata.

Magical Progeny, Modern Technology examines Hindu perspectives on assisted reproductive technology through an exploration of birth narratives in the great Indian epic the Mahabharata. Reproductive technology is at the forefront of contemporary bioethical debates, and in the United

Overview

A Hindu bioethics of reproductive technology that references the Mahabharata.

Magical Progeny, Modern Technology examines Hindu perspectives on assisted reproductive technology through an exploration of birth narratives in the great Indian epic the Mahabharata. Reproductive technology is at the forefront of contemporary bioethical debates, and in the United States often centers on ethical issues framed by conflicts among legal, scientific, and religious perspectives. Author Swasti Bhattacharyya weaves together elements from South Asian studies, religion, literature, law, and bioethics, as well as experiences from her previous career as a nurse, to construct a Hindu response to the debate. Through analysis of the mythic stories in the Mahabharata, specifically the birth narratives of the five Pandava brothers and their Kaurava cousins, she draws out principles and characteristics of Hindu thought. She broadens the bioethical discussions by applying Hindu perspectives to a California court case over the parentage of a child conceived through reproductive technology and compares specific Hindu and Roman Catholic attitudes toward assisted reproductive technology. Magical Progeny, Modern Technology provides insightful ways to explore ethical issues and highlights concerns often overlooked in contemporary discussions occurring within the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791467923
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/06/2006
Pages:
171
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment
Introduction

1. Medicine, Bioethics, and Religious Voices

2. Voices from Hinduism’s Past

3. Narrative as a Source of Ethics

4. Characteristics of Hindu Thought

5. Application of Hindu Thought

Conclusion
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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