Life, Liberty, and Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics

Life, Liberty, and Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics

by Leon Kass
     
 

ISBN-10: 1893554554

ISBN-13: 9781893554559

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Encounter Books

At the onset of Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity, Leon Kass gives us a status report on where we stand today: "Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic 'enhancement,' for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and

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At the onset of Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity, Leon Kass gives us a status report on where we stand today: "Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic 'enhancement,' for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and quietly honing their skills. For anyone who cares about preserving our humanity, the time has come for paying attention." Trained as a medical doctor and biochemist, Dr. Kass has become one of our most provocative thinkers on bioethical issues. In Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity, he has written a book that grapples with the moral meaning of the new biomedical technologies now threatening to take us back to the future envisioned by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World. In a series of mediations on cloning, embryo research, the sale of organs, and the assault on mortality itself, Kass questions the wisdom of trying to break down the natural boundaries given us and to remake the human body into an instrument of our will. He also attempts to chart a course by which we might avoid the dehumanization of biotechnical "recreationism" without rejecting modern science or rejecting its genuine contributions to human welfare. Leon Kass writes profoundly about the limits of science and the limits of life, about what makes us human and gives us human dignity. Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity summons us to think deeply about the most important issues that we face today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893554559
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
297
Sales rank:
945,832
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Nature and Purposes of Technology and Ethics
Ch. 1The Problem of Technology and Liberal Democracy29
Ch. 2Practicing Ethics: Where's the Action?55
Ethical Challenges from Biotechnology
Ch. 3The Meaning of Life - in the Laboratory81
Ch. 4The Age of Genetic Technology Arrives119
Ch. 5Cloning and the Posthuman Future141
Ch. 6Organs for Sale? Propriety, Property and the Price of Progress177
Ch. 7Is There a Right to Die?201
Ch. 8Death with Dignity and the Sanctity of Life231
Ch. 9L'Chaim and Its Limits: Why Not Immortality?257
Nature and Purposes of Biology
Ch. 10The Permanent Limitations of Biology277
Acknowledgments299
Notes301
Index307

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