On Being Human: Where Ethics, Medicine and Spirituality Converge

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This exploration of what it means to be healthy from a physical, mental, and spiritual standpoint discusses Western humanism, Japanese Buddhism, and modern science from three divergent, yet expert, perspectives. Seeking common ground through dialogue, this ambitious work broaches questions about issues that face today's society, such as cancer, AIDS, death with dignity, in vitro fertilization, biomedical ethics, and more. The discussions cut through linguistic and cultural barriers to present a vision of the ...
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Overview

This exploration of what it means to be healthy from a physical, mental, and spiritual standpoint discusses Western humanism, Japanese Buddhism, and modern science from three divergent, yet expert, perspectives. Seeking common ground through dialogue, this ambitious work broaches questions about issues that face today's society, such as cancer, AIDS, death with dignity, in vitro fertilization, biomedical ethics, and more. The discussions cut through linguistic and cultural barriers to present a vision of the potential-and the inherent challenges-of being human. Avoiding scientific jargon, the book begins with a medical discussion of cancer and AIDS, as well as the problem of social discrimination against those infected. Questions about the fundamental nature of a harmonious existence are considered, as are specific issues such as the nature of brain death and ethical problems relating to fertility and childbirth. The origins of life, evolution, and the birth of humanity are also discussed.


About the Author:
Daisaku Ikeda is the author of more than 60 books, including Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death, Soka Education, The Way of Youth, For the Sake of Peace, and The Living Buddha. He is the recipient of the United Nations Peace Award, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, and the International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. René Simard is the former rector of the University of Montreal and is currently a professor in the department of pathology and cellular biology. He is a world-renowned cancer researcher who has won several prestigious awards, including the Order of Canada and the French National Order of Merit. He lives in Montreal, Ontario. Guy Bourgeault is a former Catholic priest and a professor of ethics at the University of Montreal. He lives in Montreal, Ontario.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972326711
  • Publisher: Middleway Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2003
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,449,458
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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