David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1:245-249 (2007)
Among the many ethical problems brought about by the latest developments in medical sciences is the possibility of creating "designer" babies. In this paper I will look at one such a case from the viewpoint of the Kantian "humanity principle". The various aspects of treating people as a means that can be brought up in discussions about "designer" babies are scrutinised. These will obviously include treating the future child as a mere means, but the proper role of the mother and others involved are also looked at. I will conclude by arguing that, contrary to the usual presuppositions, the humanity principle is of very limited use in discussions about designer babies, in this case and in others too
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stephen Wilkinson (2005). Designer Babies', Instrumentalisation and the Child's Right to an Open Future. In Nafsika Athanassoulis (ed.), Philosophical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan
H. Biggs (2004). Designer Babies: Where Should We Draw the Line? Journal of Medical Ethics 30 (6):e5-e5.
Mike Williams (2003). Designer Babies. Philosophy Now 41:43-43.
Ian Hunt (1999). Designer Babies. Professional Ethics 7 (3/4):67-83.
Matti Häyry (2010). Rationality and the Genetic Challenge: Making People Better? Cambridge University Press.
Kyle Scott (2010). Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene. Masha Gessen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. 336 Pages. Hardback. ISBN 978-0151013623. RRP: £18.99. [REVIEW] Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 16 (1):127-129.
Jennifer Mather Saul (2006). On Treating Things as People: Objectification, Pornography, and the History of the Vibrator. Hypatia 21 (2):45-61.
Sara Ann Ketchum (1989). Selling Babies and Selling Bodies. Hypatia 4 (3):116 - 127.
Riekeder Graaf & Johannes J. M. Delden (forthcoming). On Using People Merely as a Means in Clinical Research. Bioethics.
Elizabeth Harman (2003). The Potentiality Problem. Philosophical Studies 114 (1-2):173 - 198.
Japa Pallikkathayil (2010). Deriving Morality From Politics: Rethinking the Formula of Humanity. Ethics 121 (1):116-147.
Added to index2011-12-02
Total downloads42 ( #94,554 of 1,790,117 )
Recent downloads (6 months)12 ( #68,903 of 1,790,117 )
How can I increase my downloads?