The Matrix: Charting an Ethics of Inheritable Genetic Modification

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Overview

The advent of genetic modification in human beings has science and society in one of the great ethical quandaries in history. Faced with unprecedented questions about the meaning of humanity, philosophers and ethicists are compelled to admit to the inadequacy of former ethical systems. Yet in the early stages of genetic modification, we need ethical guidelines more than ever, guidelines that could forebode or decree what is to come. That's where The Matrix comes in. The Inheritable Modification Matrix is the culmination of Marilyn Coors' examination of ethics, religion and science in the context of human genetic modification. The Matrix identifies virtues, values, and principles that differentiate the beneficial uses of inheritable genetic modification from those that threaten the dignity of human life. It is intended to guide moral deliberations concerning the benefits and harms involved, and eventually proposes an ethical boundary for this new and unprecedented technology.

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Editorial Reviews

Bridges
A valuable contribution to an emergent branch of bioethics.
Religious Studies Review
Coors offers an admirably clear rendering of the science and a level-headed assessment of the moral issues.
Choice
Much contemplative thought. Recommended.
CHOICE
Much contemplative thought. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742514010
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn E. Coors is assistant professor in the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center's Program in Health Care Ethics, Humanities, and Law.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Section 1: The Ethics of Human Genetic Modification Chapter 3 The Science Chapter 4 The Bioethical Issues Chapter 5 The Religious Issues Chapter 6 The Philosophical Issues Part 7 Section 2: The Moral Event: How should we live? Chapter 8 The Agent: How can we be good? Chapter 9 The Act: What is our duty? Chapter 10 The Circumstances: What is her context? Chapter 11 The Consequeces: How can we be happy? Part 12 Section 3: An Ethical Matrix Chapter 13 Inheritable Modifications Matrix

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