Genes: A Philosophical Inquiry / Edition 1

Genes: A Philosophical Inquiry / Edition 1

by Gordon Graham
     
 

"It's all in the genes." Is this true, and if so, what is all in the genes? Genes: A Philosophical Inquiry is a crystal clear and highly informative guide to a debate none of us can afford to ignore.
Beginning with a much-needed overview of the relationship between science and technology, Gordon Graham lucidly explains and assesses the most important and… See more details below

Overview

"It's all in the genes." Is this true, and if so, what is all in the genes? Genes: A Philosophical Inquiry is a crystal clear and highly informative guide to a debate none of us can afford to ignore.
Beginning with a much-needed overview of the relationship between science and technology, Gordon Graham lucidly explains and assesses the most important and controversial aspects of the genes debate: Darwinian theory and its critics, the idea of the "selfish" gene, evolutionary psychology, memes, genetic screening and modification, including the risks of cloning and "designer" babies.
The author considers areas often left out of the genes debate, such as the environmental risks of genetic engineering and how we should think about genes in the wider context of debates on science, knowledge and religion. Gordon Graham asks whether genetic engineering might be introducing God back into the debate and whether the risks of a brave new genetic world outweigh the potential benefits.
Essential reading for anyone interested in science, technology, and philosophy, Genes: A Philosophical Inquiry is ideal for those wanting to find out more about the ethical implications of genetics and the future of biotechnology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415252577
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gordon Graham is Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Philosophy, Technology and Science. He is also the author of Philosophy of the Arts (Routledge 1997) and The Shape of the Past (Oxford University Press 1997)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Science and the self-image of the age1
Icon and understanding1
The fractured image: Einstein vs. Frankenstein7
Science9
Technology14
Anti-science19
Explaining things21
Engineering things25
Pure and applied science27
2Genetic explanation31
Evolution and creationism32
Natural selection and 'the selfish gene'38
Survival of the fittest46
Altruism, homosexuality and sterility49
Irreducible complexity and the biochemical56
Sociobiology and evolutionary psychology66
Taking stock80
Memetics82
3Genetic engineering91
Genetic screening93
Genetic information103
Genetic modification113
Environmentalism121
The precautionary principle126
Genetic research130
The 'slippery slope' and the 'sanctity of life'135
4Playing God143
Secular versions of the sacred143
Genetic trespassing146
Rights and equality150
Human cloning153
Stem cell production159
Reproductive technologies162
Designer babies and eugenics169
Procreative responsibility and the ethics of abortion175
'Playing God' without God180
Bibliography186
Index190

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