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QBE Seminar: “Gene Editing, Technology, Person-hood, and Confucian Ethics”

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

ABSTRACT:  Gene editing technology is critical for nearly all cultures and religions as it challenges the fundamental question: what counts as a person. This presentation will briefly introduce the Confucian concept of personhood and how a Confucian person is related to much broader contexts such as family (including both parents and ancestors), community, nation, and the world. It will employ the Confucian concepts of personhood and family to examine the ethical significance of gene editing technology. This presentation concludes with some very preliminary discussions on the value of incorporating the (cross-)cultural perspective into biomedical research.

BIO: Dr. Qin Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Ethics and Engineering Education in the Division of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines, where he is co-directing the Daniels Fund Program in Professional Ethics Education that provides scholarly and grant support for faculty to integrate ethics into applied science and engineering curricula. Qin also serves as Associate Editor for International Perspectives at the National Academy of Engineering’s Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, Book Review Editor (Associate Editor) for the Journal of Engineering Studies, and Secretary and Treasurer of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)’s Division of Engineering Ethics.


March 6
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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