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Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics

Encounter Books
Place of Publication: 
San Francisco

In a series of meditations on cloning, embryo research, the Human Genome Project, the sale of organs, and the assault on mortality itself, Dr. Leon Kass evaluates the ongoing effort to break down the natural boundaries given to us and remake the human body into an instrument of our will. What does it mean to treat nascent human life as raw material to be exploited? What does it mean to blur the line between procreation and manufacture? What are the proper limits to this project for the redesign of human nature? These are the questions we should be asking to prevent runaway scientism with its utopian longings from reshaping humankind in the image of our own choosing.

Kass believes that technology has done and will continue to do wonders for our health and longevity and that we have much to be thankful for. But there is more at stake in the biological revolution than saving life and avoiding death. We must also strive to protect the ideals and practices that give us dignity and keep us human.

Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity challenges us to confront the posthuman future that may await us by thinking deeply about the momentous issues we face today. (Publisher)