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The Biological Foundations of Bioethics


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1: Introduction: The Biological Foundations of Bioethics Part One: Bettering Nature 2: Enhancement and Human Nature: The Case of Sandel 3: The Risks of Progress: Precaution and the Case of Human Enhancement 4: Human Nature: The Very Idea 5: From Bricolage to Biobricks (TM): Synthetic Biology and Rational Design 6: Origins, Parents, and Non-Identity Part Two: Biology in Ethics and Political Philosophy 7: Development Aid: On Ontogeny and Ethics 8: Prospects for Evolutionary Policy 9: What are Natural Inequalities? 10: Foot Note 11: Health, Naturalism, and Policy References Index

About the Author

Tim Lewens is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow of Clare College. His past publications include Organisms and Artifacts: Design in Nature and Elsewhere (MIT Press, 2004), and Darwin (Routledge, 2007). He is also a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and runs the ERC-funded project 'A Science of Human Nature? Philosophical Disputes at the Interface of Natural and Social Sciences'.


Those who wonder if their characterizations of human nature are scientifically sound will want to review the many cautions presented in this book. Tim Lewens's aim is to apply standard concepts from the philosophy of biology to inform issues in bioethics. But his incisive analyses of appeals to what is natural have broader relevance. * Douglas Allchin, Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture *
The book is free of bias and provides ample current citations. A good book for public policy and bioethics collections ... Highly recommended. * Choice *
Lewens' book will reward close study. The essays in the book are tightly reasoned, and many of the deflationary conclusions he draws deserve serious attention by those wishing to engage in theory construction in this locale. In addition, the book can serve as a good introduction, albeit a challenging one, to many of the important issues in bioethics. * David Lambie, Metascience *

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