Reasons to Genome Edit and Metaphysical Essentialism about Human Identity

American Journal of Bioethics 22 (9):34-36 (2022)
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In this commentary paper, we are taking one step further in questioning the central assumptions in the bioethical debates about reproductive technologies. We argue that the very distinction between “person affecting” and “identity affecting” interventions is based on a questionable form of material-origin essentialism. Questioning of this form of essentialist approach to human identity allows treating genome editing and genetic selection as more similar than they are taken to be in the standard approaches. It would also challenge the idea that normative reasons we have in these two types of cases markedly differ in strength.

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Tomasz Żuradzki
Jagiellonian University
Vilius Dranseika
Jagiellonian University

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