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The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities
Philip Kitcher takes readers into the heart of the revolution in genetic research today and raises important philosophical questions about its impact on ethical, legal, and political issues, now and in the future.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 4th 1997 by Free Press
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Mar 10, 2009 Philana Walker rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in bioethics/eugenics - clear concise approach.
An excellent introduction into the world of bioethics. I first read this book almost ten years ago and it's still relevant today now that stem cell research is in the news again. This clearly defines the views of both pro- and anti- eugenic camps. From the horrifying Nazi regime and the equally distasteful genetic screening protocols of the early eugenic programs to the possible ramifications; improving the quality of life to improving the human race (begging the questions: In whose image and to ...more
This book deals with the philosophical, social, and ethical issues that arise with the advent of genetic knowledge and technology. It would be a great book for an introductory course dealing with these issues, because it is remarkably easy to read and follow.
Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University. He was the first recipient of the American Philosophical Association's Prometheus Prize for his work to expand the frontiers of science and philosophy. He is the author of many books, including most recently Deaths in Venice.More about Philip Kitcher...