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Author Harris, John
Title Enhancing Evolution : The Ethical Case for Making Better People
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2007
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Descript 1 online resource (191 pages)
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Series Science Essentials
Science Essentials
Note Cover -- Halftitle -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface to the Paperback Edition -- Foreword by Steve Rayner -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1 Has Humankind a Future? -- 2 Enhancement Is a Moral Duty -- 3 What Enhancements Are and Why They Matter -- 4 Immortality -- 5 Reproductive Choice and the Democratic Presumption -- 6 Disability and Super-Ability -- 7 Perfection and the Blue Guitar -- 8 Good and Bad Uses of Technology -- 9 Designer Children -- 10 The Irredeemable Paradox of the Embryo -- 11 The Obligation to Pursue and Participate in Research -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
In Enhancing Evolution, leading bioethicist John Harris dismantles objections to genetic engineering, stem-cell research, designer babies, and cloning and makes an ethical case for biotechnology that is both forthright and rigorous. Human enhancement, Harris argues, is a good thing--good morally, good for individuals, good as social policy, and good for a genetic heritage that needs serious improvement. Enhancing Evolution defends biotechnological interventions that could allow us to live longer, healthier, and even happier lives by, for example, providing us with immunity from cancer and HIV/AIDS. Further, Harris champions the possibility of influencing the very course of evolution to give us increased mental and physical powers--from reasoning, concentration, and memory to strength, stamina, and reaction speed. Indeed, he says, it's not only morally defensible to enhance ourselves; in some cases, it's morally obligatory. In a new preface, Harris offers a glimpse at the new science and technology to come, equipping readers with the knowledge to assess the ethics and policy dimensions of future forms of human enhancement
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Harris, John Enhancing Evolution : The Ethical Case for Making Better People Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2007 9780691148168
Subject Human genetics -- Moral and ethical aspects.;Genetic engineering -- Moral and ethical aspects
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