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Genethics: Moral Issues In The Creation Of People
by David Heyd
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John Harris, Times Higher Education Supplement
"This is a more than usually interesting book on a supremely important topic the ethic of creating new people. . . . Heyd believes that the ethics of genesis is a peculiar and radically different branch of ethics with its own special problems. . . . Clever and stimulating."
Joanna Pasek, The Philosophical Quarterly
"[An] important book. . . . Heyd points out that as the human race gains increasing control over the number and identity of future people it loses normative criteria for making genethic decisions. This presents a theoretical challenge to ethics. . . . [The book includes] a very clear and interesting discussion of the difficulties encountered in any attempt to resolve genethical issues within the context of existing ethical frameworks."
Unprecedented advances in medicine, genetic engineering, and demographic forecasting raise new questions that strain the categories and assumptions of traditional ethical theories. Heyd's approach resolves many paradoxes in intergenerational justice, while offering a major test case for the profound problems of the limits of ethics and the nature of value.
From the Inside Flap
"The most sustained piece of writing I have yet seen on the foundations of population ethics. . . . A remarkable achievement."--Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge
From the Back Cover
"The most sustained piece of writing I have yet seen on the foundations of population ethics. . . . A remarkable achievement." (Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge)
About the Author
David Heyd is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Supererogation
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