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Biologically Modified Justice

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  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107568518

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  • Theories of distributive justice tend to focus on the issue of what constitutes a fair division of 'external' goods and opportunities; things like wealth and income, opportunities for education and basic liberties and rights. However, rapid advances in the biomedical sciences have ushered in a new era, one where the 'genetic lottery of life' can be directly influenced by humans in ways that would have been considered science fiction only a few decades ago. How should theories of justice be modified to take seriously the prospect of new biotechnologies, especially given the health challenges posed by global aging? Colin Farrelly addresses a host of topics, ranging from gene therapy and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, to an 'anti-aging' intervention and the creation and evolution of patriarchy. This book aims to foster the interdisciplinary dialogue needed to ensure we think rationally and cogently about science and science policy in the twenty-first century.

    • Expands debates about distributive justice into the twenty-first century by making the rapid advances in science and the genetic revolution a central focus of the book
    • The first theory of distributive justice that takes seriously the health challenges posed by global aging
    • Advances methodological debates in normative political theory by advancing a contextual, non-ideal moral analysis
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    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107568518
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The genetic revolution
    Part I. The Duty to Aid in an Aging World:
    2. Empirical ethics and Singer's principle of preventing bad occurrences
    3. The duty to extend the biological warranty period
    4. Equality and the duty to retard human aging
    5. Framing the inborn aging process and longevity science
    Part II. Genetic Justice:
    6. Science and justice
    7. Genetic justice and the limitations of formulating distributive 'ideals'
    8. Normative theorizing about genetics: a response to Loi
    Part III. Patents, Reproductive Freedom and Patriarchy:
    9. Gene patents and justice
    10. PGD and reproductive freedom
    11. Historical materialism and patriarchy
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Colin Farrelly, Queen's University, Ontario
    Colin Farrelly is a Queen's National Scholar at Queen's University, Ontario. He has published articles in political science, philosophy, law, medicine and science, and his articles have appeared in journals as varied as the British Medical Journal, Political Studies, Biogerontology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Law and Philosophy and Rejuvenation Research. His other books include Justice, Democracy and Reasonable Agreement (2007), Virtue Jurisprudence (co-edited with Lawrence Solum, 2007) and An Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory (2003).

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