Playing God?: Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate / Edition 1

Playing God?: Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate / Edition 1

by John H. Evans, Evans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226222624

ISBN-13: 9780226222622

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Technology evolves at a dazzling speed, and nowhere more so than in the field of genetic engineering, where the possibility of directly changing the genes of one's children is quickly becoming a reality. The public is rightly concerned, but interestingly, it has not had much to say about the implications of recent advancements in human genetics.

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Technology evolves at a dazzling speed, and nowhere more so than in the field of genetic engineering, where the possibility of directly changing the genes of one's children is quickly becoming a reality. The public is rightly concerned, but interestingly, it has not had much to say about the implications of recent advancements in human genetics.

Playing God? asks why and explores the social forces that have led to the thinning out of public debate over human genetic engineering. John H. Evans contends that the problem lies in the structure of the debate itself. Disputes over human genetic engineering concern the means for achieving assumed ends, rather than being a healthy discussion about the ends themselves. According to Evans, this change in focus occurred as the jurisdiction over the debate shifted from scientists to bioethicists, a change which itself was caused by the rise of the bureaucratic state as the authority in such matters. The implications of this timely study are twofold. Evans not only explores how decisions about the ethics of human genetic engineering are made but also shows how the structure of the debate has led to the technological choices we now face.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226222622
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Morality and Society Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Framework for Understanding the Thinning of a Public Debate11
2Setting the Stage: The Eugenicists and the Challenge from the Theologians45
3Gene Therapy, Advisory Commissions, and the Birth of the Bioethics Profession72
4The President's Commission: The "Neutral" Triumph of Formal Rationality99
5Regaining Lost Jurisdictional Ground and the Triumph of the Bioethics Profession135
6"Reproduction" as the New Jurisdictional Metaphor: Autonomy and the Internal Threat to the Bioethics/Science Jurisdiction152
7Conclusion: The Future of Public Bioethics and the HGE Debate174
App.: Methods and Tables205
Notes227
Works Cited283
Index297

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