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Designer Biology

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Ronald Sandler is an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Ethics In... Lire la suite
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Ronald Sandler is an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University. John Basl is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Northeastern University.



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Advances in our scientific understanding and technological power in recent decades have dramatically amplified our capacity to intentionally manipulate complex ecological and biological systems. An implication of this is that biological and ecological problems are increasingly understood and approached from an engineering perspective. In environmental contexts, this is exemplified in the pursuits of geoengineering, designer ecosystems, and conservation cloning. In human health contexts, it is exemplified in the development of synthetic biology, bionanotechnology, and human enhancement technologies. Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems consists of thirteen chapters (twelve of them original to the collection) that address the ethical issues raised by technological intervention and design across a broad range of biological and ecological systems. Among the technologies addressed are geoengineering, human enhancement, sex selection, genetic modification, and synthetic biology. This collection advances and enriches our understanding of the ethical issues raised by these technologies and identifies general lessons about the ethics of engineering complex biological and ecological systems that can be applied as new technologies and practices emerge. The insights that emerge will be especially valuable to students and scholars of environmental ethics, bioethics, or technology ethics.



Résumé
This book consists of thirteen chapters that address the ethical issues raised by technological intervention and design across a broad range of biological and ecological systems. Among the technologies addressed are geoengineering, human enhancement, sex selection, genetic modification, and synthetic biology.

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Acknowledgments Contributor Biographies Introduction I. Engineering Humans Chapter 1: Sex Selection and the Value-Ladenness of the Procreative Liberty Framework Chapter 2: The Ethics of Embryo Selection Chapter 3: Assessing Efficacy of "Neuroenhancing" Drugs: Normative Problems in Empirical Controversies Chapter 4: Engineering for Virtue? Toward Holistic Moral Enhancement Chapter 5: Radical Enhancement and What' Wrong with It Chapter 6: Human Engineering and Climate Change II. Engineering the Environment Chapter 7: The Human Influence: Moral Responsibility for Novel Ecosystems Chapter 8: Why Scientists Should Get Out of Nature Conservation Chapter 9: What it Takes to Justify Geoengineering the Climate Chapter 10: Remediation vs. Steering: An Act-Description Approach to Approving and Funding Geoengineering Research III. Engineering Life Chapter 11: Sensitivity Enhancement: The Ethics of Testing Cognitive Enhancement on Non-Human Research Subjects Chapter 12: The Capacities, Interests, and Organization of Artifactual Organisms Chapter 13: How to Evolve a Good of Your Own: The Biological Interests of Instant Organisms Conclusion: Lessons for the Future

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Designer Biology
Sous-titre: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems
Éditeur:
Code EAN: 9780739178218
ISBN: 0739178210
Format: Livre Relié
nombre de pages: 306
Poids: 625g
Taille: H235mm x B157mm x T22mm
Année: 2013