Designer Children: Reconciling Genetic Technology, Feminism, and Christian Faith

Designer Children: Reconciling Genetic Technology, Feminism, and Christian Faith

by Karen Peterson-Iyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0829816119

ISBN-13: 9780829816112

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press

In Designer Children, Karen Peterson-Iyer hopes to construct some moral ground under society's feet regarding genetic technology. Drawing upon the best insights from Christian faith and feminist thought to evaluate the various ways in which to genetically "shape" children, the author employs the concept of "human flourishing" to advance specific recommendations about…  See more details below

Overview

In Designer Children, Karen Peterson-Iyer hopes to construct some moral ground under society's feet regarding genetic technology. Drawing upon the best insights from Christian faith and feminist thought to evaluate the various ways in which to genetically "shape" children, the author employs the concept of "human flourishing" to advance specific recommendations about gene therapy to prevent cystic fibrosis, genetic enhancement of memory, and sex pre-selection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829816112
Publisher:
Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : freedom, control, and the shaping of children1
1The manipulation of genes7
Genes and genetics : shaping the human body8
Human intervention in genetic processes11
Three examples of genetic manipulation17
Shaping our offspring : some ethical considerations23
Approaching the problem of "designer children"35
2The drive to perfect humanity40
Contemporary U.S. culture and the "perfect" child41
Eugenic thought in western society46
Pursuing perfection : a caution66
3Choosing children : feminism and the place of procreative liberty71
Liberal approaches to "designing" children72
Beyond pure procreative liberty : feminist challenges to liberal accounts77
From procreative liberty to human well-being as a feminist norm106
4On God and giftedness : Christian approaches to "designing" children112
Having children in Christian perspective113
Responsible intervention in nature121
The common good and genetic manipulation135
Implications for the shaping of children143
5Procreation and human flourishing149
Postmodernism and human well-being150
Visions of human flourishing153
6The limits of genetic control170
Disease prevention as design : the case of cystic fibrosis171
Improving on the normal : the case of memory enhancement179
"Shaping" sex : the case of sex preselection193
Freedom, flourishing, and guidelines for change206
AppThe case of Carrie Buck211

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