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Pragmatism And Human Genetic Engineering
     

Pragmatism And Human Genetic Engineering

by Glenn Edwards Mcgee
 

ISBN-10: 1581120206

ISBN-13: 9781581120202

Pub. Date: 12/01/1994

Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581120202
Publisher:
Universal-Publishers.com
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

The Perfect Baby: A Pragmatic Genetics
I.The Human Genome Project1
The Study of Human Heredity1
Application of the Study of Human Heredity7
Eugenics7
The Social Context of Reproduction Before and Beyond Eugenics13
The Human Genome Project20
Conclusions32
II.Incredible Hopes35
Negative Interventions: New Genetic Diagnoses and Cures35
A Much Better Baby42
Political and Economic Changes51
Keeping Supply Lines Open: The Necessity of Pragmatism53
Conclusions54
III.Profoundest Fears56
Jeremy Rifkin's Algeny56
Genetic Patriarchy62
Hans Jonas' New Ethics67
Playing God72
Against Pragmatism: Leon Kass74
Conclusions77
IV.Toward A More Effective Plan of Action79
The Usefulness Test79
The Philosophical Roots of the Problem: "Applied Ethics" as Method82
A Pragmatic Critique86
How New a Power88
A Biological Garden of Eden94
Idols of the Body102
A Pragmatic Reconstruction110
Biology111
Culture118
Common Sense123
The Perfect Baby125
Conclusions129
V.New Choices, Old Hopes: Healthy Babies131
An Appropriate Goal131
Old Pressures and New Medical Technologies135
Fetal Surveillance and the Social Meanings of Illness141
The Clinico-Pathological Correlation142
Genetics, Disease, and Illness149
Markers151
Alleles and Causality152
Environments and Causality155
Genetic Causality and the Discourse of Disease157
Alternative Emphases on Illness159
Cultural Pressures and Genetic Choices162
The Molecular Scalpel174
A Variety of Options: Resituating Genetic Therapies176
Interventions183
The Enlargement of Pathology195
Conclusions195
VI.New Choices, Old Hopes: Positive Interventions197
Healthy Babies?199
An Appropriate Goal207
The Danger of Biological Myopia210
The Danger of Reasonable Choices220
The Danger of Excessive Hopes in Parenthood225
The Danger of Lack of Foresight227
The Danger of Hasty Choice232
The Danger of Pessimism235
Recontextualizing Genetics: A Range of Interrelated Choices237
Bibliography239

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