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The Sorting Society
The Ethics of Genetic Screening and Therapy

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Janna Thompson, Loane Skene, Agnes Bankier, David Cram, Edgar Dahl, Lynn Gillam, Julian Savulescu, Leslie Cannold, David Neil, Rob Sparrow, Mianna Lotz
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521689847

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  • The ‘sorting society’ expresses what many people believe will be the outcome of advances in genetic technology: a society in which many characteristics of children are no longer the result of genetic chance but of deliberate selection. This book focuses on the ethical, legal and social issues raised by this technology. Is the prospect of a sorting society something that we should welcome or deplore? Do concerns about how parents or societies might exercise the choice given to them by genetic technology give us reason to restrain its creation or use? Would a sorting society increase the freedom of parents and the well being of children, or would it undermine values that are central to a liberal democratic society? These are questions of the most profound significance, bearing on the world in which our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will live. This is a must-read for everyone interested in the forefront of genetics and bioethics.

    • Contributes to the debate on a major issue affecting all of society over the next generation
    • Interdisciplinary perspective - science, philosophy and law
    • Considers both the pros and cons of genetic testing, presenting a well rounded argument
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521689847
    • length: 160 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Janna Thompson and Loane Skene
    2. Genetic testing, an informed choice Agnes Bankier and David Cram
    3. Sex selection: sorting sperm as a gateway to the sorting society? Edgar Dahl
    4. Cloning to avoid genetic disease Lynn Gillam
    5. Procreative beneficence: reasons to not have disabled children Julian Savulescu
    6. Reprogenic technologies: balancing parental procreative autonomy and social equity and justice Leslie Cannold
    7. Genetic technology and intergenerational justice Janna Thompson
    8. Genetic preselection and the moral equality of individuals David Neil
    9. Genes, identity, and the 'expressivist critique' Rob Sparrow
    10.Overstating the biological: geneticism and essentialism in social cloning and social sex selection Mianna Lotz
    11. The sorting society - a legal perspective Loane Skene.

  • Editors

    Loane Skene, University of Melbourne
    Loane Skene is Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Janna Thompson, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Janna Thompson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.


    Janna Thompson, Loane Skene, Agnes Bankier, David Cram, Edgar Dahl, Lynn Gillam, Julian Savulescu, Leslie Cannold, David Neil, Rob Sparrow, Mianna Lotz

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