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How to Play the “Playing God” Card

Mizrahi, Moti (2020) How to Play the “Playing God” Card. [Preprint]

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When the phrase “playing God” is used in debates concerning the use of new technologies, such as cloning or genetic engineering, it is usually interpreted as a warning not to interfere with God’s creation or nature. I think that this interpretation of “playing God” arguments as a call to non-interference with nature is too narrow. In this paper, I propose an alternative interpretation of “playing God” arguments. Taking an argumentation theory approach, I provide an argumentation scheme and accompanying critical questions that capture the moral concerns expressed by “playing God” arguments. If I am right, then “playing God” arguments should be understood, not as a warning to leave God’s creation or nature alone, but rather as an invitation to think carefully about all the ways in which the use of new technologies could go seriously wrong.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Mizrahi, Motimotimizra@gmail.com
Keywords: argumentation schemes; artificial intelligence; biotechnology; bioethics; playing God argument; technology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence > AI and Ethics
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Religion
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Dr. Moti Mizrahi
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 23:55
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 23:55
Item ID: 16801
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Artificial Intelligence > AI and Ethics
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Religion
General Issues > Technology
Date: January 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16801

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