The Use of Therapeutic Cloning in Transplantations: An Aristotelian Perspective

Christos Labrou

Abstract


Therapeutic cloning for transplantations is one of the most complex
issues in Bioethics. This is because it involves two of the most controversial subjects in today's medicine: cloning and transplantations. Although therapeutic cloning is a modern issue in the scope of transplantations, we consider Aristotle's contribution to be of high importance. On a first level, we will describe the modem phenomenon of therapeutic cloning, concerning the medical technique itself, its aim, its use in transplantations and its core legal and political aspects. On a second level, the depth of Aristotelian concepts of nature, art and their interrelationship will enlighten crucial aspects of our discussion, concerning human health and medicine. On a third level, Aristotle's concept of matter will constitute the basis for the solution of the ethical problems of transplantation through therapeutic cloning. On a fourth level, the
Aristotelian concept of practical wisdom, considered as a part of Politics, will provide us with practical guidance as to how decision-making and legislation should be utilised to support the appropriate use of therapeutic cloning; thus, it will become clear that it is a moral-law and moral-politic issue. Finally, we will address the moral objections to therapeutic cloning, establishing some fundamental elements for the building of consensus between different countries on this subject.

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