This page features a collection of the best resources on bioethics. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on bioethics. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about it.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want an overview of bioethics:
- Read the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Bioethics. However it’s quite long at around 10,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of bioethics:
“Bioethics is a rather young academic inter-disciplinary field that has emerged rapidly as a particular moral enterprise against the background of the revival of applied ethics in the second half of the twentieth century. The notion of bioethics is commonly understood as a generic term for three main sub-disciplines: medical ethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics. Each sub-discipline has its own particular area of bioethics, but there is a significant overlap of many issues, ethical approaches, concepts, and moral considerations. This makes it difficult to examine and to easily solve vital moral problems such as abortion, xenotransplantation, cloning, stem cell research, the moral status of animals and the moral status of nature (the environment). In addition, the field of bioethics presupposes at least some basic knowledge of important life sciences, most notably medicine, biology (including genetics), biochemistry, and biophysics in order to deal successfully with particular moral issues. . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
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Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on Bioethics.
For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.