Life-Centered Ethics, and the Human Future in Space

  title={Life-Centered Ethics, and the Human Future in Space},
  author={Michael Noah Mautner},
  journal={Medical Ethics eJournal},
  • M. Mautner
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Medical Ethics eJournal
In the future, human destiny may depend on our ethics. In particular, biotechnology and expansion in space can transform life, raising profound questions. Guidance may be found in Life-centered ethics, as biotic ethics that value the basic patterns of organic gene/protein life, and as panbiotic ethics that always seek to expand life. These life-centered principles can be based on scientific insights into the unique place of life in nature, and the biological unity of all life. Belonging to life… 

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