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The Connected Self
The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual

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Part of Cambridge Bioethics and Law

  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008601

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  • Currently, the ethics infrastructure – from medical and scientific training to the scrutiny of ethics committees – focuses on trying to reform informed consent to do a job which it is simply not capable of doing. Consent, or choice, is not an effective ethical tool in public ethics and is particularly problematic in the governance of genetics. Heather Widdows suggests using alternative and additional ethical tools and argues that if individuals are to flourish it is necessary to recognise and respect communal and public goods as well as individual goods. To do this she suggests a two-step process – the 'ethical toolbox'. First the harms and goods of the particular situation are assessed and then appropriate practices are put in place to protect goods and prevent harms. This debate speaks to core concerns of contemporary public ethics and suggests a means to identify and prioritise public and common goods.

    • Examines current ethical frameworks, particularly those of choice and consent and explains current failures of ethical models in bioethics, public ethics and law
    • Proposes a new bioethics framework which will have implications across theoretical debate and lead to new policy and practice
    • Appeals to those working in political theory and practical governance, as the balancing of group and individual rights is currently at the heart of public ethics debates from issues of security to the environment
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Widdows' argument ... not only clearly demonstrates the need for new ways of thinking about contemporary issues in genetics and genomics, but also highlights the ways in which ethics itself co-evolves with science."
    --Ruth Chadwick, Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University and Director, Cesagen

    "If bioethics is to be less blinkered, it needs a new approach - one that collects the required 'tools' and then applies them in a way that is responsive to the full range of material harms and goods. The Connected Self is a compelling read."
    --Roger Brownsword, Kings College London and Chair, UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council

    "With a battery of philosophical arguments, Widdows soon convinces the reader that our current ethical framework, the choice model, has to go ... Informative, scholarly and yet extremely accessible."
    --Lisa Bortolotti, Birmingham University

    "In setting out how genetics makes ethical individualism redundant - itself an important and timely argument - Heather Widdows at the same time puts neo-liberal 'morality' firmly in its place."
    --Bob Brecher, University of Brighton

    "Provides a strong and urgently needed call to 'clean up our act' as regards the ethical governance of genetics ... Reading this book reminded me why I became an ethicist."
    --Sigrid Sterckx, Ghent University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008601
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The individual self and its critics
    2. The individualist assumptions of bioethical frameworks
    3. The genetic self is the connected self
    4. The failures of individual ethics in the genetic era
    5. The communal turn
    6. Developing alternatives: benefit sharing
    7. Developing alternatives: trust
    8. The ethical toolbox part one: recognising goods and harms
    9. The ethical toolbox part two: applying appropriate practices
    10. Possible futures.

  • Author

    Heather Widdows, University of Birmingham
    Heather Widdows is a Professor in the philosophy department at the University of Birmingham, where she teaches moral philosophy, bioethics, global ethics and health and happiness.

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