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Liberal Eugenics: In Defense of Human Enhancement

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Public debate about the use of genetic technology is dominated by fears of a Huxleyan ‘Brave New World’ or a return to the fascist eugenics of the past. In this controversial book, philosopher Nicholas Agar defuses these anxieties and defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children’s genetic characteristics.

Agar describes three technologies that may soon make liberal eugenics a practical possibility – cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer, genomics, and genetic engineering – and argues that parents can use these technologies to realize their procreative goals without harming the people they will bring into existence. He rejects the idea that eugenics need divide society into genetic haves and have-nots, and denies that social pressures need force eugenic choices to converge on a single view of human excellence, suggesting that these threats to liberal social arrangements can be resisted.

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In this provocative book, philosopher Nicholas Agar defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children's characteristics

Synopsis:

In this provocative book, philosopher Nicholas Agar defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children’s characteristics.

  • Gets away from fears of a Huxleyan ‘Brave New World’ or a return to the fascist eugenics of the past
  • Written from a philosophically and scientifically informed point of view
  • Considers real contemporary cases of parents choosing what kind of child to have
  • Uses ‘moral images’ as a way to get readers with no background in philosophy to think about moral dilemmas
  • Provides an authoritative account of the science involved, making the book suitable for readers with no knowledge of genetics
  • Creates a moral framework for assessing all new technologies

About the Author

Nicholas Agar is Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. His previous books include Life’s Intrinsic Value (2001) and Perfect Copy (2002).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments..

1. Genius Sperm, Eugenics, and Enhancement Technologies..

2. A Pragmatic Optimism about Enhancement Technologies..

3. Making Moral Images of Biotechnology..

4. The moral image of therapy..

5. The moral Image of Nature..

6. The Moral Image of Nurture.

7. Our Postliberal Future?.

8. Enhanced Humans When?.

Notes.

Further Reading.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405123907
Author:
Agar, Nicholas
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Eugenics
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Bioethics & Medical Ethics
Subject:
Bioeth
Subject:
ics & Medical Ethics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions
Series Volume:
G-2003-48
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
236 x 160 x 22.3 mm 16 oz

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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Genetics

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"Synopsis" by , In this provocative book, philosopher Nicholas Agar defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children’s characteristics.

  • Gets away from fears of a Huxleyan ‘Brave New World’ or a return to the fascist eugenics of the past
  • Written from a philosophically and scientifically informed point of view
  • Considers real contemporary cases of parents choosing what kind of child to have
  • Uses ‘moral images’ as a way to get readers with no background in philosophy to think about moral dilemmas
  • Provides an authoritative account of the science involved, making the book suitable for readers with no knowledge of genetics
  • Creates a moral framework for assessing all new technologies

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