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Is Human Nature Obsolete? Genetics, Bioengineering, and the Future of the Human Condition

ISBN-10: 0262524287
ISBN-13: 9780262524285
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $6.75
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

What does it mean to be human against a background of current advances in biotechnology? 'Is Human Nature Obsolete?' takes a philosophical perspective, with the focus on questions of fundamental ontological importance rather than specifics of medical or scientific practice.

Harold W. Baillie is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton.

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Historical Perspectives
Nature, Technology, and the Emergence of Cybernetic Humanity
Nature and Human Nature
Life Sciences: Discontents and Consolations
Genetic Engineering and Eugenics: The Uses of History
Embodiment and Self-Identity
The Body and the Quest for Control
Visions and Re-visions: Life and the Accident of Birth
Aristotle and Genetic Engineering: The Uncertainty of Excellence
Freedom and Telos
Human Recency and Race: Molecular Anthropology, the Refigured Acheulean, and the UNESCO Response to Auschwitz
Human Nature in a Post-Human Genome Project World
Telos, Value, and Genetic Engineering
Social and Political Critiques
Nature, Sin, and Society
Human Genetic Intervention: Past, Present, and Future
Resistance Is Futile: The Posthuman Condition and Its Advocates
Contributors
Index

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