Ariane Schroeder: Predictive genetic diagnostics and theological ethic of not knowing.


By way of the classical example of predictive genetic diagnostic of breast cancer used as a method based on genetic diagnosis the problem of not knowing and the right to not knowing is discussed from an ethic-theological point of view. Persons seeking advice are confronted with knowledge which in many cases is not verified and to which they are expected to respond due to their right to patient autonomy. In this context it is assumed that the patient is burdened with too much responsibility. Against this backdrop the right to not knowing will be illustrated as an indispensable addition to informed consent, a postulate which is firmly established in medical ethics.