Biotechnology: Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens

Biotechnology: Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens

by Sean Sutton
     
 

An essential introduction to a controversial yet crucial field of research Biotechnology surveys recent advances in the field and offers a wide range of opinions for and against expanding this new branch of science. Incisively examining such key topics as therapeutic cloning, genetic enhancement, stem cell therapy, and the use of psychotropic drugs such as Prozac

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An essential introduction to a controversial yet crucial field of research Biotechnology surveys recent advances in the field and offers a wide range of opinions for and against expanding this new branch of science. Incisively examining such key topics as therapeutic cloning, genetic enhancement, stem cell therapy, and the use of psychotropic drugs such as Prozac and Ritalin, contributors to this volume agree that biotechnology will inevitably change human life. However, they debate the right way to balance the potential to cure disease and relieve human suffering with the need to respect life and preserve human dignity. Several explore the way major religions-both Eastern and Western-treat the subject. Others analyze the role of government in biotechnology and specific applications of the technology that should be practiced. Serving as an introduction to this ethically complicated and significant scientific movement, the book ultimately raises the broader, fundamental question of the meaning of human flourishing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438426853
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Series:
SUNY series in Philosophy and Biology Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,439,399
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Biotechnology, Human Being, and Citizen Sean D. Sutton 1

1 Biotechnology and Our Human Future: Some General Reflections Leon R. Kass 9

2 Who's Afraid of Posthumanity? A Look at he Growing Left/Right Alliance in Opposition to Biotechnological Progress Ronald Bailey 31

3 Bioethics and Human Betterment: Have We Lost Our Ability to Dream? Ronald M. Green 49

4 Biotechnology in a World of Spiritual Beliefs Lee M. Silver 67

5 Jewish Philosophy, Human Dignity, and the New Genetics Hava Tirosh-Samuelson 81

6 The Bible and Biotechnology Larry Arnhart 123

7 A Transcendent Vision: Theology and Human Transformation Richard Sherlock 159

Suggested Further Readings 189

About the Contributors 191

Index 195

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