Mihaela Frunza

Mihaela Frunza
Babeş-Bolyai University | UBB · Department of Philosophy

PhD

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Introduction
Mihaela Frunza currently works at the Department of Philosophy, Babeş-Bolyai University. Mihaela does research in Applied Ethics, Philosophy for Children (P4C), Philosophy of Communication. She is editor at Revista de Filosofie Aplicata (http://filosofieaplicata.ro/index.php/filap) and at the Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (www.jsri.ro).
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October 2018 - present
Revista de Filosofie Aplicata (ISSN: 2668-0009)
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  • Editor
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  • Editor of the journal.
October 2014 - present
Babeş-Bolyai University
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  • Professor (Associate)
September 2010 - March 2013

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Publications (93)
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In this paper I argue that the musical universe created by the band Palaye Royale associates well with the pessimistic views of philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Emil Cioran. These two thinkers have written extensively on the relationship between music and emotion, and their theories on death, suffering, and the meaning of life resonate with the...
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Goal To assess public knowledge and attitudes towards the role of the family in deceased organ donation in Europe. Methods A systematic search was conducted in CINHAL, MEDLINE, PAIS Index, Scopus, PsycINFO, and Web of Science on December 15th, 2017. Eligibility criteria were socio-empirical studies conducted in Europe from 2008 to 2017 addressing...
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We conducted a systematic review on public knowledge and attitudes towards the role of the family in deceased organ donation in Europe between 2008 and 2017. Results show that a majority of the public support the family’s involvement in organ retrieval decision-making and, in particular, their role as surrogate decision-maker when the deceased has...
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Our paper departs from Baudrillard’s concept of “simulacra” and McIntyre’s concept of “posttruth” and attempts to delineate a theoretical framework that reaches the current debates on fake news and post-truth. The central point of our inquiry is provided by the creative attempts of British journalist Oobah Butler to see how easily people are lettin...
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"In Chapter 13, Mihaela Frunza, Liana Precup and Sandu Frunza present the preliminary results of an instrumental case study of a total of 23 Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions conducted using their ‘Community of Dialogue’ approach, inspired by the work of Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas. They hypothesised that, in the process of cultivating c...
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Travel sickness of the passenger, lack of human control over driving, high level of complexity in construction and programming, possibility of technical failure, limited or no driving engagement are just some of the possible vulnerabilities when using an automated or an autonomous vehicle. There are also important benefits and clear advantages such...
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Air deterioration and high toxicity affects life quality and longevity. Most important is pollution and toxicity impact upon health and disease management. Air born sicknesses and health problems are a permanent challenge for air dependent life-forms. Lately have been recorded manifestations and a complex phenomenology of air partially transferred...
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With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading rapidly around the world, the medical system in many countries is overwhelmed and vital resources such as mechanical ventilators are proving to be insufficient for patients in intensive care units. The article questions how these resources are allocated when they become insufficient and how doctors can be helped...
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This article attempts to review a few of the most pressing questions that have been discussed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. The general questions concerning research of potentially dangerous viruses, the ethical issued connected to the clinical trials that are undergone, as well as the relationship between benefits and risks involved i...
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Articol publicat în revista Scena9, despre vulnerabilitatea individuală și colectivă în fața pandemiei Covid-19.
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In this article I analyze the structure and topics of the volume Vremuri noi, vremuri vechi. Jurnal 2007-2013, by Mihail Radu Solcan. The author of the volume is one of the first professors of applied ethics in Romania after 1990, who taught at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest. Including some of the notes and observations wr...
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f philosophy for children (P4C) aims to become a “reconstruction of philosophy” itself (Lipman, 1997:13), the PhiE (Philosophical Enquiry), an approach proposed by Peter Worley, represents a thorough reconstruction of the classical P4C. In my article, I intend to emphasize the differences between Peter Worley’s approach and the classical version of...
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In this article I argue that alternative music can change the world when it migrates from the realm of music to that of ideas. I take the example of My Chemical Romance, and I break down the claim that it changed the world of their fans firstly through a "change of language", by using the structuralist tool of intertextuality, and secondly through...
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Presentation delivered at the conference Wonder, Education and Human Flourishing, Amsterdam, April 5-6 2019 - https://wonderfuleducation.eu/news/conference-wonder-education-and-human-flourishing-5-6-april-2019
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Our paper departs from an analysis of several elaborate hoaxes that depict realities extensively advertised, yet non-existent. Český sen (The Czech Dream) is a Czech supermarket intensely advertised by two film students, Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, which did not exist in reality. Their initiative has been presented in a 2004 documentary film (htt...
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The present text attempts to introduce readers (particularly Romanian ones) to the fundamental philosophical and pedagogical values promoted by Matthew Lipman, the author who laid the basis for the philosophy for children (P4C) movement. It analyzes several theoretical and applied texts written by Lipman, in an attempt to explain Lipman's goals, hi...
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In this article we aim to explore the role that religion and spirituality can play in therapeutic practices. We looked at the differences that can be established between spirituality and religion and we underlined the ways in which several authors consider that they are overlapping or blending into one another. According to the authors investigated...
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The paper analyzes an example of an innovative philosophical practice: the French philosophy for children, as "discussion with a democratic and philosophical purpose", and the beneficial effects this practice has for the ability to think and discuss of children. The text represents a review of the book: Jean-Pascal Simon, Michel Tozzi, Paroles de p...
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According to a controversial thesis of Hannah Arendt, evil deeds are sometimes – most of the times, and for most of the people – neither the result of some disturbed mind, nor of some Hollywood-like villain, but of lack of thinking (H. Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem). One does not ponder the consequences of one’s actions from the standpoint of other...
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Background: Several countries have recently changed their model of consent for organ donation from opt-in to opt-out. We undertook a systematic review to determine public knowledge and attitudes towards these models in Europe. Methods: Six databases were explored between 1 January 2008 and 15 December 2017. We selected empirical studies addressing...
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In this paper we aim at arguing that the advertising agencies – as significant organizations in the field of public communication – should follow the example of business corporations that are voluntarily using ethical practices to increase the trust of customers. One area where this can be done safely and constructively is the area of gender stereo...
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This report presents a comprehensive set of recommendations for protection of human beings who are trafficked for the purpose of organ removal or are targeted for such trafficking. Developed by an interdisciplinary group of international experts under the auspices of the project Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal (also kno...
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With the recent transposition of Directive 2010/53/EU into the transplant regulation of EU Member States, the time is right to have a closer look at its implications for living organ donation practice. We first discuss the relevance of the Action Plan which forms the basis for the policy of the European Commission in the field of organ donation and...
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Although transplant professionals have initially been reluctant to perform transplants after public solicitation of organs from living donors, nowadays these transplants are increasingly being performed and reported. After clarifying the existing terminology, we elaborate an operational definition of public solicitation that is consistent with the...
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Although transplant professionals have initially been reluctant to perform transplants after public solicitation of organs from living donors, nowadays these transplants are increasingly being performed and reported. After clarifying the existing terminology, we elaborate an operational definition of public solicitation that is consistent with the...
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Feminist authors claim that many of the advertising messages are promoting stereotypical images of the genders. However, if in social sciences, gender stereotypes have been facilitated and enforced by religious ideologies, the connections between gender stereotypes in advertising and religious ideologies remain to be investigated. The purpose of th...
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Recently, the European Union has specifically funded several research and cooperation projects aiming to expand living donation in Europe. The project Living Organ Donation in Europe (EULOD) aimed at identifying and analyzing barriers to living organ donation in Europe, and formulating best practice proposals. Statistics show that Romania and Bulga...
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Anonymity of donors or recipients in living-donor transplantation is a complex issue and practice varies widely. There are compelling arguments for maintaining anonymity of both parties before unspecified donor transplantation and specified indirect transplantation. After transplantation, there are still good reasons to avoid disclosure of identiti...
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Although euthanasia is seen as the problem of the individual will and as one's right to privacy, to a better quality of life or to a dignified death, it has major institutional implications. They are closely related to the juridical system, to the way of understanding state involvement in protecting the individuals and respecting their freedoms, to...
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In Europe, living organ donation (LOD) is increasingly accepted as a valuable solution to overcome the organ shortage. However, considerable differences exist between European countries regarding frequency, practices and acceptance of donor-recipient relations. As a response, the Coordination Action project 'Living Organ Donation in Europe' (www.eu...
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Anonymity of donors or recipients in living-donor transplantation is a complex issue and practice varies widely. There are compelling arguments for maintaining anonymity of both parties before unspecified donor transplantation and specified indirect transplantation. After transplantation, there are still good reasons to avoid disclosure of identiti...
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Organs donation is for most people a problem that is mainly connected to the medical field. The reality showed that this matter goes beyond the pure scientific or technical, communication and decision frames. Thus, the organ donation, by its issues, has a both religious and philosophic nature. It seems that, most of the times the cultural and relig...
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In this paper, we thoroughly investigate the various solutions proposed to solve the problems of transplantation system in Romania. Three types of solutions are especially envisaged: legislative ones, institutional ones and cultural/religious ones. We carefully analyze the main ethical and logistical arguments on presumed consent and its alternativ...
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Irregular F is an open access online journal that publishes work from all areas and traditions of philosophy. High-quality theoretical research in social sciences and humanities may also be accepted. The journal focuses on research addressing novel or scarcely treated subject matter, remaining nevertheless faithful to the norms and standards of aca...
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In the literature, varying terminology for living organ donation can be found. However, there seems to be a need for a new classification to avoid confusion. Therefore, we assessed existing terminology in the light of current living organ donation practices and suggest a more straightforward classification. We propose to concentrate on the degree o...
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The metaphor of gift (“the gift of life”) has represented a dominant topic in transplantation ethics. It is based on the act of donating altruistically an organ, either after one’s death, or during one’s life. However, taking into account the current organ shortage, the idea of gift and the virtue of altruism have started to be discussed and proble...
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Departing from the situation of the recent „ethics boom" in various sub- disciplines of applied ethics, the paper will attempt to approach the issue of ethical expertise and ethic expert. Admitting the interdisciplinary profile of ethical expertise, the paper will discuss the possibility for individuals with a philosophical formation to gain the ab...
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The metaphor of gift (“the gift of life”) has represented a dominant topic in transplantation ethics. It is based on the act of donating altruistically an organ, either after one’s death, or during one’s life. However, taking into account the current organ shortage, the idea of gift and the virtue of altruism have started to be discussed and proble...
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Recent articles (Donladson et al., 2010; Alfandre, Rhodes, 2009) show that the use of case studies may represent a very powerful tool for involving students in the teaching process. The students may also realize the problematic ethical aspects of the issues at stake. My paper proposes to investigate the usefulness of this approach in teaching on eu...
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The present study aims at investigating the role of traditional and non-traditional Romanian media in framing the ethical discussion on transplantation. During 2008, Romania faced a public debate on the issue of organ transplantation, due to an attempt to change the existing legislation on transplantation from an opt-in to an opt-out system. Press...
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This article discusses a series of ethical and religious elements that occur in the debate concerning altruistic living unrelated organ donation. Our main focus is on the ethical attitude of altruist donation. In order to illustrate the connections between ethics and religion we use as a case study the group of the so-called “Jesus Christians”. It...
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One of the problems the institutional crisis of philosophy is facing in Romania is the difficulty of philosophy graduates to find a suitable place on the complex labor market. The article attempts to elucidate whether philosophy graduates subsequently teach what they study during their university education and to find solutions for a better integra...
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The paper attempts at sketching a portrait of an ethical expert adapted to the Romanian context. Departing from an analysis of various roles of the ethical expert from the Western context, the paper will evaluate the diverse competence that are necessary for performing these roles. Admitting the interdisciplinary profile of ethical expertise, the p...
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Apart from the practical problems that we are faced with in the case of organ donation, there lay a series of terminological issues in need of a thorough clarification. Recently, the ELPAT group on living donors (Ethical, Legal and Psychological Aspects of Organ Transplantation) has proposed a new clarification for living organ donors. This classif...
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Robotic surgery and telemedicine become wide spread in medical world and these techniques are used more and more in a large number of surgical interventions. The limits of all these modern technologies are pushed by surgeons, required by patients and stimulated by industry. There is a concern regarding the accelerating evolution of technology which...
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Mihaela Miroiu, Otilia Dragomir (eds.), Naşterea. Istorii trăite (Giving Birth. Life-stories), Iaşi: Polirom, 2010
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In Romania, the debate on the electronic passports has raised controversies having ethical, religious, ideological implications, as well as consequences for the political practice. The debate has as premise the general background of the crisis that modernity brings in the reception of values in Christian communities. The discussions on the conseque...
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In this paper I investigate, from an ethical perspective, the legal prospects of unrelated living donors from Romania. In the present-day shortage of organs necessary for transplantation, the organs from living donors represent an alternative to the organs from deceased ones. Worldwide, unrelated living donors begin to be considered as a promising...
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The present text attempts to sketch the premises of a discussion concerning the institutional crisis of philosophy in the Romanian educational system. Quantitative analyses are commented; also discussed are elements regarding the curricular integration of philosophy, aspects concerning the initial formation in philosophy and possibilities of insert...
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The present text discusses several aspects of the institutional crisis of philosophy in the Romanian educational system after 1989. On the one hand, at the level of university educational system, one may note the marginalization of philosophy programs, due to young people’s decrease of interest for those specializations that do not provide immediat...
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Adrian-Paul Iliescu, Etică socială și politică [Social and Political Ethics], (București: Ed. Ars Docendi, 2007), 325 p.
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KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH, COSMOPOLITISM. ETICA ÎNTR-O LUME A STRĂINILOR COSMOPOLITANISM. ETHICS IN A WORLD OF STRANGERS, BUCUREŞTI: ANDRECO EDUCATIONAL GRUP, 2007.
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The main purpose of this article is to explore, from an ethical perspective, one particular branch of what is today called “spiritual medicine”: namely, prayer therapy. Several landmark studies in the literature will be thoroughly examined, respectively the classical study of Byrd (1988), the replica of Harris et al. (1999), and the controversial s...
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The article presents from an ethical perspective the medical procedure of xenotransplantation and the emerging discussions on it. Thus, a series of ethical problems raised by this procedure are being scrutinized, such as: the shorter life expectancy, the possibility of xenozoonosis, the surveillance of patients, the experiments on animals, and the...
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Christopher Partridge, The Re-Enchantment of the West. Volume II. Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture, and Occulture T&T Clark, New York, 2005
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The paper presents several cases of feminism rejection from the part of influent Romanian intellectuals. The misconceptions and prejudices surrounding feminism are sometimes difficult to interpret, as long as there are not many individuals ready to accept the feminist label. The author analyses the reasons of this phenomena, establishing the correl...
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Eniko Magyari-Vincze, Excluderea socială la intersecţia dintre gen, etnicitate şi clasă. O privire din perspectiva sănătăţii reproducerii la femeile Rome / Social Exclusion at the Crossroads of Gender, Ethnicity and Class. A View through Romani Women’s Reproductive Health
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The article proposes an analysis of the recent best-seller "Da Vinci Code", by Dan Brown. Several keys of interpreting the novel are sketched from deconstructing the accuses of plagiarism and blasphemy to analyzing the role of feminism and new-age religiousness in the plot making. In the end, the author comparatively examines the novel and the Mel...
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The article proposes an analysis of the recent best-seller “Da Vinci Code”, by Dan Brown. Several keys of interpreting the novel are sketched – from deconstructing the accuses of plagiarism and blasphemy to analyzing the role of feminism and new-age religiousness in the plot making. In the end, the author comparatively examines the novel and the Me...
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Umberto Eco, Cinci scrieri morale Humanitas, Bucuresti, 2005
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Liliana Popescu, Politica sexelor, Maiko, Bucuresti, 2004
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Feminism as a political ideology is not largely accepted in the Romanian society. Rather, it has entered and remains concentrated at the academic (university) level and at a very thin level of the civil society (some NGOs). Since 1989, Romanian "deep" society has maintained a patriarchal vision of the relations between men and women. I wanted to ar...
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This paper analyzes the relationship between feminism and its various ideological cores. Three tendencies are discussed: acceptance of the ideological core, criticism and rejection of this core, and, more intricately, acceptance of one core and rejection of another. The emphasis is placed on Anglo-American second-wave liberal feminism, whose ideolo...
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The paper attempts to critically discuss and situate the phenomena of contemporary witchcraft (both the Wicca tradition and the feminist one). Contemporary Anglo-Saxon witchcraft is one of the components of the “mystic-esoteric nebulousness”. It gains a particular status both among the contemporary practices of witchcraft and among women-dominated...
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This paper attempts to critically discuss and situate the phenomena of contemporary witchcraft (both the Wicca tradition and the feminist one). Contemporary Anglo-Saxon witchcraft is one of the components of "mystic-esoteric nebulousness". It has a particular status both among contemporary practices of witchcraft and among women-dominated religions...
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The author proposes a symbolic analysis of the national flags and other objects painted in the national colors, that have been recently erected in the city of Cluj- Napoca, Romania. The interpretative approach focuses on three levels: the first one uses the tools of the politi- cal imagery, by connecting the flags and painted objects with the idea...
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In this article, multiculturalism and feminism are dis- cussed at the crossroad of their diverse meanings: as po- litical ideologies, as social movements, as philosophical trends and as academic disciplines. In order to provide a solid conceptual analysis, the two terms are examined in relation with several key concepts of contemporary cul- tural d...

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