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The Ethics of the New Eugenics

The Ethics of the New Eugenics

The Ethics of the New Eugenics

The Ethics of the New Eugenics


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Strategies or decisions aimed at affecting, in a manner considered to be positive, the genetic heritage of a child in the context of human reproduction are increasingly being accepted in contemporary society. As a result, unnerving similarities between earlier selection ideology so central to the discredited eugenic regimes of the 20th century and those now on offer suggest that a new era of eugenics has dawned. The time is ripe, therefore, for considering and evaluating from an ethical perspective both current and future selection practices. This inter-disciplinary volume blends research from embryology, genetics, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and history. In so doing, it constructs a thorough picture of the procedures emerging from today’s reproductive developments, including a rigorous ethical argumentation concerning the possible advantages and risks related to the new eugenics.

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ISBN-13: 9781782381211
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 242
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Calum MacKellar is Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, Edinburgh, and Visiting Professor of Bioethics at St Mary’s University College, London, UK.

Christopher Bechtel holds a degree in philosophy and is a Research Fellow with the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, Edinburgh, UK.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
Abbreviations and Acronyms


Chapter 1. The History of Eugenics
Chapter 2. General Introduction to Eugenic Procedures
Chapter 3. General Ethical Discussion
Chapter 4. Arguments Supporting the New Eugenics
Chapter 5. Arguments Opposing the New Eugenics


Appendix I: Past and Present Personalities Supporting Eugenic Policies
Appendix II: Scottish Council on Human Bioethics Recommendations on Eugenics

Glossary of Terms

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