The human genome project: Towards an analysis of the empirical, ethical, and conceptual issues involved [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Biology and Philosophy 7 (3):255-278 (1992)
In this paper I claim that the goal of mapping and sequencing the human genome is not wholly new, but rather is an extension of an older project to map genes, a central aim of genetics since its birth. Thus, the discussion about the value of the HGP should not be posed in global terms of acceptance or rejection, but in terms of how it should be developed. The first section of this paper presents a brief history of the project. The second section distinguishes among four kinds of issues relevant to an evaluation of the HGP: those economic and organizational issues related to the feasibility of the project; the ethical questions arising in the development of the project and the application of the data gathered; the empirical issues relevant to the scientific value of the project; and conceptual issues like reductionism and determinism relevant to understand the nature and scope of the project. In a third section, I analyze in detail whether the HGP and, more generally, molecular biology is reductionistic.
|Keywords||Human Genome Project molecular biology reductionism|
|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
F. Ayala & T. Dobzhansky (eds.) (1974). Studies in the Philosophy of Biology. University of California Press.
John Beatty (1982). The Insights and Oversights of Molecular Genetics: The Place of the Evolutionary Perspective. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:341 - 355.
J. A. Fodor (1974). Special Sciences (Or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis). Synthese 28 (2):97-115.
William K. Goosens (1978). Reduction by Molecular Genetics. Philosophy of Science 45 (1):73-95.
Santiago Grisolia (1989). Mapping the Human Genome. Hastings Center Report 19 (4):18-19.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
A. van Gorp & S. van der Molen (2011). Parallel, Embedded or Just Part of the Team: Ethicists Cooperating Within a European Security Research Project. Science and Engineering Ethics 17 (1):31-43.
L. Gannett (2003). The Normal Genome in Twentieth-Century Evolutionary Thought. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 34 (1):143-185.
David L. Wiesenthal & Neil I. Wiener (1996). Privacy and the Human Genome Project. Ethics and Behavior 6 (3):189 – 202.
Alex Rosenberg (1994). Subversive Reflections on the Human Genome Project. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:329 - 335.
Christian Byk (1998). A Map to a New Treasure Island: The Human Genome and the Concept of Common Heritage. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 23 (3):234 – 246.
Fatimah Jackson (1998). Scientific Limitations and Ethical Ramifications of a Non-Representative Human Genome Project: African American Response. [REVIEW] Science and Engineering Ethics 4 (2):155-170.
Arthur Saniotis (2007). Reflections on the "Human Behaviourome": Mind Mapping and its Futures. World Futures 63 (8):611 – 622.
Robin O. Andreasen & Milo J. Aukerman (2002). The Human Genome Project: A Reply to Rosenberg. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 17 (5):673-678.
Christian Byk (1992). The Human Genome Project and the Social Contract: A Law Policy Approach. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (4):371-380.
Philip Kitcher (1994). Who's Afraid of the Human Genome Project? PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:313 - 321.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads26 ( #71,385 of 1,101,884 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #91,837 of 1,101,884 )
How can I increase my downloads?