The Use of Therapeutic Cloning in Transplantations: An Aristotelian Perspective



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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How to Cite: Labrou, C. (2011) “The Use of Therapeutic Cloning in Transplantations: An Aristotelian Perspective”, Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. 1(1).