Bioethics in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes...

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Overview

Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737748086
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/12/2010
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 15

Chapter 1 Background on Aldous Huxley

1 The Life of Aldous Huxley Johan Heje 23

2 Huxley Matured as a Writer When He Found the Theme of Humanism John Atkins 32

3 Huxley Was Concerned with Political and Scientific Issues of the Day Harold H. Watts

4 Huxley's Vision Changed from Materialism to Mysticism Orville Prescott 58

Chapter 2 Brave New World and Bioethics

1 Brave New World Is Concerned with Government's Controlling Citizens Through Science Sybille Bedford 62

2 Brave New World Is Concerned with the Misuse of Science for Power Joseph Needham 66

3 Huxley Saw Power for Both Good and Evil in Science Jenni Calder 71

4 Brave New World Warns of the Dangers of Consumerism, Genetic Engineering, and Technocracy Robert S. Baker 79

5 Brave New World Reflects the Gender Bias of Its Time June Deery 84

6 In Brave New World Freedom Is Traded for Happiness George Woodcock 95

7 Huxley Presents a Choice Between Imperfect Humanity and Perfect Biotechnology Leon R. Kass 104

8 The Brave New World Already Exists Rebecca West 109

9 Huxley's Predictions on Technology Were Remarkably Accurate The Economist 116

10 Huxley's Predictions of Loss of Liberty Were Not Accurate John Derbyshire 119

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Bioethics

1 The Possibility of Designer Babies Raises Ethical Questions Stephen L. Baird 128

2 Stem Cell Research Opens Up New Opportunities The Philadelphia Inquirer 137

3 Stem Cell Research Is Important but Needs Restrictions Charles Krauthammer 140

4 Genetic Research Poses a Threat to Civil Liberties Philip L. Bereano 144

For Further Discussion 151

For Further Reading 153

Bibliography 155

Index 159

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