Calum MacKellar and Christopher Bechtel, eds.

The Ethics of the New Eugenics

Berghahn Books 2000

Books ReceivedBooks Received: Global EthicsBooks Received: MedicineBooks Received: ScienceBooks Received: Science, Technology, and SocietyNew Books Network September 21, 2016

Strategies or decisions aimed at affecting, in a manner considered to be positive, the genetic heritage of a child in the context of human...

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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