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Biotechnology, human nature, and Christian ethics

Title
Biotechnology, human nature, and Christian ethics / Gerald McKenny, University of Notre Dame.
ISBN
9781108422802
1108422802
9781108435154
1108435157
Publication
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Copyright Notice Date
©2018
Physical Description
xix, 214 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary
In public debates over biotechnology, theologians, philosophers, and political theorists have proposed that biotechnology could have significant implications for human nature. They argue that ethical evaluations of biotechnologies that might affect human nature must take these implications into account. In this book, Gerald McKenny examines these important yet controversial arguments, which have in turn been criticized by many moral philosophers and professional bioethicists. He argues that Christian ethics is, in principle, committed to some version of the claim that human nature has normative status in relation to biotechnology. Showing how both criticisms and defences of this claim have often been facile, he identifies, develops, and critically evaluates three versions of the claim, and contributes a fourth, distinctively Christian version to the debate. Focusing on Christian ethics in conversation with secular ethics, McKenny's book is the first thorough analysis of a controversial contemporary issue.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
April 10, 2018
Series
New studies in Christian ethics ; 37.
New studies in Christian ethics ; [37]
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Biotechnology, normative status, human nature
Human nature as given
Human nature as ground of human goods and rights
Human nature as susceptible to intervention
Human nature as condition for imaging God.
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