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Altering Nature: Volume I: Concepts of 'Nature' and 'The Natural' in Biotechnology Debates / Edition 1

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This volume analyzes concepts of nature and ‘the natural’ in discussions of biotechnology with four broad concerns in mind. First, it surveys the recent history of biotechnology debates and identifies characteristic reactions and approaches to new biotechnological developments that invoke appeals to nature. Second, it analyzes concepts of nature and ‘the natural’ as they are invoked and interpreted in five characteristic modes of discourse; viz., spirituality and religion, philosophy, science and medicine, law and economics, and aesthetics. Third, it identifies a core cluster of ontological, epistemological, moral, and aesthetic questions that arise in conversations about nature as normative. Fourth, it highlights the findings of each of the five chapters, identifies areas of contrast and commonality, and identifies areas for further research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402069208
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 7/24/2008
  • Series: Philosophy and Medicine Series , #97
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction B. Andrew Lustig Lustig, B. Andrew Baruch A. Brody Brody, Baruch A. Gerald P. McKenny McKenny, Gerald P. 1

1 Spiritual and Religious Concepts of Nature Aaron L. Mackler Mackler, Aaron L. Ebrahim Moosa Moosa, Ebrahim Allen Verhey Verhey, Allen Anne Carolyn Klein Klein, Anne Carolyn Kurt Peters Peters, Kurt 13

2 Philosophical Approaches to Nature John H. Zammito Zammito, John H. Philip J. Ivanhoe Ivanhoe, Philip J. Helen Longino Longino, Helen Phillip R. Sloan Sloan, Phillip R. 63

3 Scientific and Medical Concepts of Nature in the Modern Period in Europe and North America Laurence B. McCullough McCullough, Laurence B. John Caskey Caskey, John Thomas R. Cole Cole, Thomas R. Andrew Wear Wear, Andrew 137

4 Ethical Challenges of Patenting "Nature": Legal and Economic Accounts of Altered Nature as Property Mary Anderlik Majumder Majumder, Mary Anderlik Margaret M. Byrne Byrne, Margaret M. Elias Bongmba Bongmba, Elias Leslie S. Rothenberg Rothenberg, Leslie S. Nancy Neveloff Dubler Dubler, Nancy Neveloff 199

5 Technogenesis: Aesthetic Dimensions of Art and Biotechnology Suzanne Anker Anker, Suzanne Susan Lindee Lindee, Susan Edward A. Shanken Shanken, Edward A. Dorothy Nelkin Nelkin, Dorothy 275

Index 323

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