Bioethics and Bioterrorism

Jonathan D. Moreno

in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199562411
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Bioethics and Bioterrorism

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The term ‘bioterrorism’ seems to have become a kind of shorthand for sowing terror through the use of other ‘unconventional’ weapons, especially chemical, nuclear, and radiological weapons, or ‘dirty bombs’. The ethical problems associated with these other threats are closely associated with those raised by biological agents. Therefore, this article necessarily refers to these related potential terrorist technologies, all of them made more available to militant organizations through the spread of knowledge and material in the post-cold war era.

Keywords: bioterrorism; bioethics; nuclear weapons; chemical weapons; ethical problems; biological agents; militant organizations

Article.  5683 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Moral Philosophy

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