Biotechnology: Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens

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Considers the ethics and challenges of biotechnology.
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“The chapters present the insights of authors working in biology, ethics, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, scientific journalism, and medicine. In this way, each affords a disciplinary vision and, when taken together, each and all contribute to the discourse (and debate) about whether biotechnology is the most current, shining attribute of our humanity, or a tool and trend that moves us farther from our nature.” — Quarterly Review of Biology

“…[a] stimulating book.” — CHOICE

“There is no other book by such a wide spectrum of thinkers—Sutton offers us original articles with well-articulated alternative positions.” — Carl Mitcham, Colorado School of Mines

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438426860
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Series: SUNY series in Philosophy and Biology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,122,330
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean D. Sutton is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology and coeditor (with John A. Murley) of Perspectives on Politics in Shakespeare.

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Table of Contents


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

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

2. Who’s Afraid of Posthumanity? A Look at the Growing Left/Right Alliance in Opposition to Biotechnological Progress
Ronald Bailey

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

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

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

6. The Bible and Biotechnology
Larry Arnhart

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

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About the Contributors


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