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Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People (New in Paper)
     

Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People (New in Paper)

by John Harris
 

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ISBN-10: 0691148163

ISBN-13: 9780691148168

Pub. Date: 09/27/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In Enhancing Evolution, leading bioethicist John Harris dismantles objections to genetic engineering, stem-cell research, designer babies, and cloning and makes an ethical case for biotechnology that is both forthright and rigorous. Human enhancement, Harris argues, is a good thing—good morally, good for individuals, good as social policy, and good for

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In Enhancing Evolution, leading bioethicist John Harris dismantles objections to genetic engineering, stem-cell research, designer babies, and cloning and makes an ethical case for biotechnology that is both forthright and rigorous. Human enhancement, Harris argues, is a good thing—good morally, good for individuals, good as social policy, and good for a genetic heritage that needs serious improvement. Enhancing Evolution defends biotechnological interventions that could allow us to live longer, healthier, and even happier lives by, for example, providing us with immunity from cancer and HIV/AIDS. Further, Harris champions the possibility of influencing the very course of evolution to give us increased mental and physical powers—from reasoning, concentration, and memory to strength, stamina, and reaction speed. Indeed, he says, it's not only morally defensible to enhance ourselves; in some cases, it's morally obligatory.

In a new preface, Harris offers a glimpse at the new science and technology to come, equipping readers with the knowledge to assess the ethics and policy dimensions of future forms of human enhancement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148168
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Series:
Science Essentials Series
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,375,065
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
Foreword by Steve Rayner xix
Acknowledgments xxv
Introduction 1
Chapter 1: Has Humankind a Future? 8
Chapter 2: Enhancement Is a Moral Duty 19
Chapter 3: What Enhancements Are and Why They Matter 36
Chapter 4: Immortality 59
Chapter 5: Reproductive Choice and the Democratic Presumption 72
Chapter 6: Disability and Super-Ability 86
Chapter 7: Perfection and the Blue Guitar 109
Chapter 8: Good and Bad Uses of Technology 123
Chapter 9: Designer Children 143
Chapter 10: The Irredeemable Paradox of the Embryo 160
Chapter 11: The Obligation to Pursue and Participate in Research 184
Notes 207
Bibliography 227
Index 239

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