Human Being in the Age of His Technical Reproducibility: Can a God still Save Us?
The paper suggests some considerations on Jürgen Habermas’ approach to the ethical problems caused by the development of biotechnology, which makes it possible to manipulate the human genome and thereby put us on the threshold of the age of technical reproducibility of human beings. In this regard, special attention deserves the fact that, in search of a solution to these problems, Habermas seeks assistance from religion. He perceives the need to move from an emphatically secular interpretation of modern society to the recognition that we already live in a post-secular society. Habermas is convinced that a dialogue is necessary between believers and non-believers. According to him the condition for the possibility of such a dialogue is our ability to translate elements of a religious message into secular language. The article discusses the role of awareness of the limits of such a translation.
Key Words: biotechnology, ethics, human dignity, Habermas