Glocalization of bioethics

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JournalGlobal Bioethics
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Mar 2022
DatePublished (current) - 19 Mar 2022
Issue number1
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)65-77
Original languageEnglish


There appears to be a conflict between global bioethical principles and the local understanding and application of these principles, but this conflict has misleadingly been characterized through the east-west dichotomy. This dichotomy portrays bioethical principles as western and as alien to non-western cultures. In this paper, I present reasons to reject the east-west dichotomy. Using the discussion around the principle of informed consent as an example, I propose that while bioethical values are common, bioethical governance must display a certain flexibility akin to Aristotle's metaphor about the Lesbian rule. Such flexibility combined with a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of bioethical subjects might lead to the purging of tensions between global and local, giving us Glocal Bioethics.

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