Genetic Enhancement and Moral Attitudes Toward the Given
Author: MCCONNELL, TERRANCE
Source: Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 28, Number 4, 1 November 2011 , pp. 369-380(12)
Abstract:<title type="main"><sc>abstract</sc></title> Several authors, including Michael Sandel, distinguish between two different attitudes toward nature: mastery and giftedness. Giftedness is the superior attitude, Sandel argues, because it better accords with the values of humility, responsibility, and solidarity. And giftedness, in combination with these values, provides a rational basis for opposing the employment of genetic enhancement. Against this, I argue that talents and genetic endowment are more plausibly viewed as undeserved, that not everything undeserved is a gift, and that even if talents and endowment were gifts, this would not support a prohibition against pursuing genetic enhancement.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2011-11-01