Study of the contributions of the Potter's global bioethics and Morin's complex ethics to the contemporary ethical thought, from an interpretive perspective based on three analytic procedures. Establishing a dialogue between the foundations of both theories, despite of terminological and conceptual differences between Potter's and Morin's works--, this paper recognized, an essential, readable community between them. Nine elements are identified that define this essential community: 1) The opposition to the classical conception that establishes dichotomies that separates knowledge and morality, natural and social sciences; 2) The recognition of the responsibility like a basic principle of knowing and morals; 3) The identification of the relativity of the morals in connection with the moral complexity and the moral diversity; 4) The centrality of science-ethics-politics' relationship in the contemporary understanding of the human matters; 5) The contextualized understanding of the subject of knowledge (observer) and morals; 6) The identification of the non-social bases of the morality; 7) The amplification of the circle of the morality; 8) The opposition to the "moralina"; 9) The overcoming of the "isms". This essential community points out, in an enriched way, important elements of change in the contemporary ethical thinking.
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