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Goodluck O. Hakeem
Accepted Abstracts: Adv Genet Eng
Philosophical justification for genetic re-engineering and stem cell research: a phenomenological temperament. The most portentous general event of our time is the steady obliteration of those distinctions which creates society. Rational society is the mirror of the logos, and this means that it has a formal structure which enables apprehension, thus, the preservation of society is directly linked with the recovery of true knowledge. For the success of our restoration, it cannot be too often meant that society and mass are contradictory terms and those who seek for self discovery and scientific discoveries in name of mass are destroyers. If nature is a phenomenon that should be understood, then its structure must be understandable to a keen mind with comprehension to describing it by drawing essence and strength through essence of understanding the universal order, a paradigm of essence of which the phenomenology of the world becomes a sort of continuing approximation. The intent here is to amplify the fundament of understanding and articulating the implications of genetic re-engineering and stem cell research. The cardinal message is that the human mind fashions spectacles which it imposes on the world. Thus, if the mind as a tribunal defines the order of scientific research, by implication such imposition could have daring consequences which imperatively may be good/bad leading to heated debates. Genetic re-engineering and stem cell research therapies being developed today may become a common-place treatment for health situations (e.g. ivf, cancer therapy etc.) by ameliorating and averting human sufferings/sudden deaths regardless of perceived implications it process may portray. Conclusively, a pragmatic understanding of a phenomenological temperament (which does not argue but describes and allows re-evaluation and assessment of phenomenon) is admonished in articulating our thought process either as regarding/disregarding human ingenuity.
Goodluck O. Hakeem, Ph.D. student at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos. Nigeria. Specialized in Applied Ontology, Phenomenology, Ethics and Metaphysics in the department of Philosophy. Written several unpublished articles and have had contributions on three (3) books.