Risks and Responsibilities: Making Plans for Life and Death

Aviad E. Raz, Silke Schicktanz

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In this integrative chapter we identify three different levels of responsibility and risks prevailing in lay narratives of bioethical dilemmas. These narratives are embedded within individual, familial and societal levels of responsibility. Moreover, they are linked to different levels of risks. This finding points to the planning aspect in bioethical dilemmas. Decision-making is not considered spontaneous, purely affectious or in isolated contexts, but part of life planning. Theoretical bioethics can benefit from this empirical insight by reflecting more on the epistemic and moral dimensions of life planning instead of focusing on acontextual and dichotomous choices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Ethics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Ethics
ISSN (Print)2211-8101
ISSN (Electronic)2211-811X


  • Advance Directive
  • Family Responsibility
  • Genetic Discrimination
  • Genetic Testing
  • Life Planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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