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The Morality of Embryo Use

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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521694278

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  • Is it permissible to use a human embryo in stem cell research, or in general as a means for benefit of others? Acknowledging each embryo as an object of moral concern, Louis M. Guenin argues that it is morally permissible to decline intrauterine transfer of an embryo formed outside the body, and that from this permission and the duty of beneficence, there follows a consensus justification for using donated embryos in service of humanitarian ends. He then proceeds to show how this justification commands assent even within moral and religious views commonly thought to oppose embryo use. Beneath his moral reasoning lies a carefully constructed metaphysical foundation incorporating accounts of the ontology of development, embryos, and species. He also incisively discusses nonreprocloning, reprocloning, ectogenesis, and related scientific frontiers. This compelling philosophical study will interest all concerned to understand virtue and obligation in the relief of suffering.

    • Deals with arguably the most contentious issue of our time - the use of human embryos
    • Probes the most fundamental philosophical questions such as the concept of the individual
    • A dispassionate study of cloning, oocyte contribution, and other controversial practices
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    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521694278
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Preliminaries
    2. Epidosembryos
    3. Individuation
    4. Respect for specific life
    5. Consensus
    6. Clones
    7. Analyzing alternatives
    8. Shaping norms.

  • Author

    Louis M. Guenin, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Louis M. Guenin is Lecturer on Ethics in Science in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School.

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