Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life

Paperback | October 29, 2014

byDavid DeGrazia

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The ethics of creating - or declining to create - human beings has been addressed in several contexts: debates over abortion and embryo research; literature on "self-creation"; and discussions of procreative rights and responsibilities, genetic engineering, and future generations. Here, forthe first time, is a sustained, scholarly analysis of all of these issues - a discussion combining breadth of topics with philosophical depth, imagination with current scientific understanding, argumentative rigor with accessibility. The overarching aim of Creation Ethics is to illuminate a broadarray of issues connected with reproduction and genetics, through the lens of moral philosophy. With novel frameworks for understanding prenatal moral status and human identity, and exceptional fairness to those holding different views, David DeGrazia sheds new light on the ethics of abortion and embryo research, genetic enhancement and prenatal genetic interventions, procreation andparenting, and decisions that affect the quality of life of future generations. Along the way, he helpfully introduces personal identity theory and value theory as well as such complex topics as moral status, wrongful life, and the "nonidentity problem." The results include a subjective account ofhuman well-being, a standard for responsible procreation and parenting, and a theoretical bridge between consequentialist and nonconsequentialist ethical theories. The upshot is a synoptic, mostly liberal vision of the ethics of creating human beings.

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The ethics of creating - or declining to create - human beings has been addressed in several contexts: debates over abortion and embryo research; literature on "self-creation"; and discussions of procreative rights and responsibilities, genetic engineering, and future generations. Here, forthe first time, is a sustained, scholarly anal...

David DeGrazia has served on the faculty of the George Washington University since 1989. Over the course of his career, he has been a dedicated teacher, a prolific scholar with publications in a wide range of topics in philosophy and bioethics, and Department Chair for one term. He lives with his wife and daughter in Silver Spring, Ma...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190232447

ISBN - 13:9780190232443

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Prenatal Moral Status and Ethics3. Creation Through Genetic Enhancement4. Prenatal Genetic Interventions5. Bearing Children in Wrongful Life Cases6. Bearing and Caring for Children with Disadvantage