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Nin Kirkham
University of Western Australia
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    Is Biotechnology the New Alchemy?Georgiana Kirkham - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (1):70-80.
    In this article I examine similarities between the science and ethics of biotechnology on the one hand, and those of alchemy on the other, and show that the understanding of nature and naturalness upon which many contemporary ethical responses to biotechnology are predicated is, in fact, significantly similar to the understanding of nature that was the foundation of the practice of alchemy. In doing so I demonstrate that the ethical issues and social responses that are currently arising from advances in (...)
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    'Playing God' and 'Vexing Nature': A Cultural Perspective.Georgiana Kirkham - 2006 - Environmental Values 15 (2):173-195.
    In this paper I examine the twin concepts of 'playing God', and its secular equivalent – that which I term for the purpose of this discussion 'vexing Nature' – as they relate to arguments against certain human technological actions and behaviours. While noting the popular subscription to the notion that certain acts constitute instances of 'playing God' or interfering in the natural order, philosophers often deny that such phrases have any application to the central ethical issues in the areas where (...)
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