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From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice

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Publisher Comments:

Written by four internationally renowned bioethicists, From Chance to Choice is the first systematic treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to human beings. Probing the implications of the remarkable advances in genetics, the authors ask how should these affect our understanding of distributive justice, equality of opportunity, the rights and obligations as parents, the meaning of disability, and the role of the concept of human nature in ethical theory and practice. The book offers a historical context to contemporary debate over the use of these technologies by examining the eugenics movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition, appendices explain the nature of genetic causation, gene-environment interaction, and expose widespread misconceptions of genetic determinism, as well as outlining the nature of the ethical analysis used in the book. The questions raised in this book will be of interest to any reflective reader concerned about science and society and the rapid development of biotechnology, as well as to professionals in such areas as philosophy, bioethics, medical ethics, health management, law, and political science.

Book News Annotation:

Four bioethicists offer a systematic treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to human beings. They explore the implications of recent advances in genetics with regard to concepts of distributive justice, equality in opportunity, the rights and obligations of parents, the meaning of disability, and our understanding of human nature. Situating the contemporary debate in historical context, the authors also give attention to the eugenics movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Appendices explain the nature of genetic causation and gene-environment interaction, and outline the nature of the ethical analysis used in the book.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book is the first systematic treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to human beings. The authors probe the implications of genetic advances for our understanding of distributive justice, and the role of the concept of human nature in ethical theory and practice.

Synopsis:

A treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to humans.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-394) and index.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Eugenics and its shadow; 3. Genes, justice, and human nature; 4. Positive and negative genetic interventions; 5. Reproductive freedom and the prevention of harm; 6. Why not the best?; 7. Genetic intervention and the morality of inclusion; 8. Policy implications; Appendix 1. The meaning of genetic causation, by Elliott Sober; Appendix 2. Methodology; References.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521660013
Subtitle:
Genetics and Justice
Other:
Buchanan, Allen
Author:
Buchanan, Allen
Author:
Wikler, Daniel
Author:
Brock, Dan
Author:
Wikler, Dan
Author:
Daniels, Norman
Author:
Brock, Dan W.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, U.K. ;
Subject:
Health Policy
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Bioethics
Subject:
Human genetics
Subject:
Medical ethics
Subject:
Genetic engineering
Subject:
Eugenics
Subject:
Genetics, Medical.
Subject:
General Philosophy
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20011112
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line diagram
Pages:
412
Dimensions:
9.40x6.32x1.14 in. 1.58 lbs.

Related Subjects

Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » General

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"Synopsis" by , This book is the first systematic treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to human beings. The authors probe the implications of genetic advances for our understanding of distributive justice, and the role of the concept of human nature in ethical theory and practice.
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