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Procreative Beneficence and Genetic Enhancement

Veit, Walter (2018) Procreative Beneficence and Genetic Enhancement. KRITERION - Journal of Philosophy, 32 (1). pp. 75-92.

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Abstract

Imagine a world where everyone is healthy, intelligent, long living and happy. Intuitively this seems wonderful albeit unrealistic. However, recent scienti c breakthroughs in genetic engineering, namely CRISPR/Cas bring the question into public discourse, how the genetic enhancement of humans should be evaluated morally. In 2001, when preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF), enabled parents to select between multiple embryos, Julian Savulescu introduced the principle of procreative bene cence (PPB), stating that parents have the obligations to choose the child that is expected to have the best life. In this paper I argue that accepting the PPB and the consequentialist principle (CP) that two acts with the same consequences are morally on par, commits one to accepting the parental obligation of genetically enhancing one's children.


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CreatorsEmailORCID
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: Human enhancement, genetic enhancement, Julian Savulescu, designer babies, procreative bene�cence, CRISPR/Cas, eugenics, consequentialism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 17:07
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 17:07
Item ID: 16447
Journal or Publication Title: KRITERION - Journal of Philosophy
Official URL: http://www.kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org/kri...
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2018
Page Range: pp. 75-92
Volume: 32
Number: 1
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16447

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