The Biological Foundations of Bioethics

Hardcover | February 6, 2015

byTim Lewens

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Much recent thought on the ethics of new biomedical technologies, and work in ethics and political philosophy more generally, is committed to hidden and contestable views about the nature of biological reality. This selection of essays by Tim Lewens, a leading expert in the field, teases outthese biological foundations of bioethical writing and subjects them to scrutiny. The topics covered include human enhancement, the risks of technical progress, the alleged moral threat of synthetic biology, the reality of human nature, the relevance of evolutionary psychology to social policy, thenature of the distinction between health and disease, and justice in healthcare decision-making.

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Much recent thought on the ethics of new biomedical technologies, and work in ethics and political philosophy more generally, is committed to hidden and contestable views about the nature of biological reality. This selection of essays by Tim Lewens, a leading expert in the field, teases outthese biological foundations of bioethical wr...

Tim Lewens is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow of Clare College. His past publications include Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere (MIT Press, 2004), and Darwin (Routledge, 2007). He is also a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and runs the ERC-fun...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:February 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: The Biological Foundations of BioethicsPart One: Bettering Nature2. Enhancement and Human Nature: The Case of Sandel3. The Risks of Progress: Precaution and the Case of Human Enhancement4. Human Nature: The Very Idea5. From Bricolage to Biobricks (TM): Synthetic Biology and Rational Design6. Origins, Parents, and Non-IdentityPart Two: Biology in Ethics and Political Philosophy7. Development Aid: On Ontogeny and Ethics8. Prospects for Evolutionary Policy9. What are Natural Inequalities?10. Foot Note11. Health, Naturalism, and PolicyReferencesIndex