Choosing Children Genes, Disability, and Design

ISBN-10: 0199238499
ISBN-13: 9780199238491
Edition: 2008
Authors: Jonathan Glover
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Description: Genetic and reproductive technology now offers us the possibility of choosing what kinds of children we do and don't have. Should we welcome this power, or should we fear its implications? In this stimulating volume, the renowned moral philosopher  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Genetic and reproductive technology now offers us the possibility of choosing what kinds of children we do and don't have. Should we welcome this power, or should we fear its implications? In this stimulating volume, the renowned moral philosopher and best-selling author Jonathan Glover suggests how we should try to deal with this urgent problem. As Glover shows, we are now able to reduce the number of babies born with disabilities and disorders. But there is a powerful challenge to conventional thinking about the desirability of doing so: this comes from those who have these conditions, such as Down's Syndrome. They call into question the very definition of disability and ask how we justify trying to avoid bringing people like them into being. Glover also examines the emotive idea of "eugenics" and the ethics of attempting to enhance people genetically for non-medical reasons. Should parents be free to choose, for instance, the color of their children's eyes or hair? What impact will such interventions have, both on the individuals concerned and on society as a whole? This beautifully clear book is written for anyone who cares about the rights and wrongs of parents' choices for their children, anyone who is concerned about our human future. Glover handles these uncomfortable questions in a controversial but always humane and sympathetic manner.

Jonathan Glover is director of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College, London.

Introduction
Disability and Genetic Choice
Disability and Human Flourishing
Eugenics?
Parental Choice and What We Owe to Our Children
The Boundaries of Parental Choice
Two Dimensions of Ethics
What do We Owe to Our Children? A Decent Chance of a Good Life
What do We Owe to Our Children? Respect for Identity and Autonomy
Human Values and Genetic Design
The Genetic Supermarket, Inequality, and Entrapment
Should We Defend a Central Core of Human Nature?
The Further Future

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