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Genetic and reproductive technology now offers us the possibility of choosing what kinds of children we do and don't have Should we welcome this power or should we fear its implications? The renowned moral philosopher and best selling author Jonathan Glover suggests how we should try to deal with this urgent problem Surely parents owe it to their children to keep them free from disabilities? But there is a powerful new challenge from people who have these conditions how do we justify trying to avoid bringing people like them into being? Jonathan Glover also examines the emotive idea of eugenics and the ethics of attempting to enhance people genetically for non medical reasons Should parents be free to choose for instance the color of their children's eyes or hair? What impact will such interventions have both on the individuals concerned and on society as a whole? This beautifully clear book is written for anyone who is concerned about our human future

10 thoughts on “Choosing Children: Genes, Disability, and Design (Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics)

  1. says:

    We are extraordinarily lucky to be thinking at this time about the values that should guide these genetic choices at the same time they are just starting to be real No previous generation has thought about human values and the good life with a chance of their thinking mattering so much 103

  2. says:

    Tartuin tähän enemmän kirjailijan kuin aiheen innostamana Gloverin Ihmisyys teki jokin aika sitten valtavan vaikutuksen Selkeän tyynellä tavalla kronikoitu moraalihistoria käsitteli vaikeita moraalifilosofisia asioita käytännönläheisellä ja ymmärrettävällä tavalla Sama meininki jatkuu tosin pienimuotoisemmin Lapsia valittaessa käsittelee dilemmoja jotka syntyvät geeniteknologian ja muiden lisääntymiseen vaikuttavien teknologioiden kehittymisen myötä Onko oikein muokata perimää jotta syntyvä lapsi ei ole vammainen? Onko kuuron pariskunnan oikein valita alkio joka todennäköisesti myös on kuuro? Onko geeniteknologian mahdollistama ominaisuuksien muokkaus rotuhygieniaa tieteen vaatteissa?Glover käsittelee näitä kysymyksiä napakasti mutta pyrkien parhaan mukaan ymmärtämään niiden herättämiä tunteita Ytimeen nousevat lopulta kysymykset siitä mitä on hyvä elämä mitkä asiat mahdollistavat yksilön kukoistamisen Suurin osa näistä kysymyksistä on jotain jolle en itse ole valtavasti uhrannut aikaa mutta Gloverin argumentit ja päätelmät tuntuvat pääsääntöisesti järkeviltä ja tasapainoisilta Pidän kovasti Gloverin vakaasta rauhallisen täsmällisestä lauseesta Lisäksi on ihailtavaa miten onnistuneesti hän tiivistää paljon nyansseja melkoisen lyhyeen kirjaan Lisää näin kirjoittavia filosofeja kiitos

  3. says:

    There is a great difficulty in speaking of disability in a way that is inclusive of the diverse forms disability can take I believe Glover writes with an empathy and understanding of this crucial pointThe book also flows nicely beginning with practical cases and drifting towards abstract ethical discussions towards the end sharing snippets of practical cases along the way as well as many philosophical perspectives on the different arguments consideredGlover shows a great range in his knowledge of philosophy and describes the philosophies he does in simple terms for those of us who are not familiar with the big thinkers he discussesThe book is above all varied; followed by flowing; followed by “easy to read” This means it does not go into much depth in any one argument but gives the reader many references to investigate in their own time It is almost too light hearted in its content to create any strong reaction on the reader’s part For people well versed in discussions on disability this book might only maybe share a perspective you had not heard of before but you might struggle to find that one important page

  4. says:

    Honestly speaking; I didn't get anything new from this This work had some good points but I felt like they could have been laid out on one Power Point slideAlso I'm uestioning his opinion about shortening women's prison sentences to support their freedom to make children into the free world Like don't people have to give up that freedom if they commit a crime?

  5. says:

    Good Your standard bioliberal defense of enhancement A bit nuanced than Harris but not necessarily insightful

  6. says:

    This book was a little repetitive and unavoidably outdated but nonetheless it was eye opening It covers as you might guess from the subtitle a lot on the ethics of genetics It stretches in scope from genetic engineering to eugenics to disability racism to the philosophy of what humanity is It's only a short book but it raises a lot of the issues associated with genetic technology that I hadn't previously considered looking at novel aspects of them It was worth reading

  7. says:

    Weird philosophy a hint of nihilism