28th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care
27 – 30 August, 2014 Debrecen, Hungary
"Bioethics and Biopolitics"
This conference will organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESPMH) and the Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Debrecen, Hungary.
The term “bio-politics” is either used as a philosophical or sociological term referring to the works of Negri, Agamben, Rose, or Foucault, who focused on the contemporary style of governing
populations through bio-power, or as an umbrella concept referring to public policies regarding applications of biotechnology and the life sciences. Both usages suggest, that bio-politics is a central concept for modern societies. At the same time bioethics has become increasingly interdisciplinary and ever more politicized. Bioethical issues figure in presidential campaigns and parliamentary elections. Bioethicists are advisors for governments and frame recommendations for public policies. Bioethics and bio-politics have become deeply interwoven activities.
If bioethics and bio-politics are highly interwoven, then how should we understand their relationship? Does politics corrupt bioethics? How does bioethics affect policy-making? How has bioethics been affected by its role in policy-making?