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The Principle of Responsibility towards the Human Non-Presence or the Non-Human Presence

Loredana Terec-Vlad ()
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Loredana Terec-Vlad: Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Lumen Research Center in Social and Humanistic Sciences

Postmodern Openings, 2016, vol. 7, issue 2, pages 79-89

Abstract: The responsibility towards oneself and towards each other was analysed by philosophers such as Heidegger, Jonas, etc., and is based on care. If Heidegger brings forward the concept of caring for each other, Jonas believes that the prospective ethics based on responsibility should guide the behaviour of present individuals for the future generation. In the context of new technologies in genetic engineering, molecular biology and genetic editing, we consider it appropriate to bring into discussion that a new form of Kant’s categorical imperative is needed to guide the behaviour of all, to ensure the welfare planet-wide, not only for the human generations to come, but also of the non-human generations.

Keywords: transhumanism; human and non-human species; prospective ethics; the principle of responsibility to the lack of human presence and to non-human presence; the other. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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