The Future of Human Nature

The Future of Human Nature by Jrgen Habermas 0745629873 9780745629872
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Recent developments in biotechnology and genetic research are raising complex ethical questions concerning the legitimate scope and limits of genetic intervention. As we begin to contemplate the possibility of intervening in the human genome to prevent diseases, we cannot help but feel that the human species might soon be able to take its biological evolution in its own hands. lsquo;Playing Godrsquo; is the metaphor commonly used for this self-transformation of the species, which, it seems, might soon be within our grasp. In this important new book, Juuml;rgen Habermas ndash; the most influential philosopher and social thinker in Germany today ndash; takes up the question of genetic engineering and its ethical implications and subjects it to careful philosophical scrutiny. His analysis is guided by the view that genetic manipulation is bound up with the identity and self-understanding of the species. We cannot rule out the possibility that knowledge of onersquo;s own hereditary factors may prove to be restrictive for the choice of an individualrsquo;s way of life and may undermine the symmetrical relations between free and equal human beings. In the concluding chapter ndash; which was delivered as a lecture on receiving the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for 2001 ndash; Habermas broadens the discussion to examine the tension between science and religion in the modern world, a tension which exploded, with such tragic violence, on September 11th.

Author: Jrgen Habermas

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 136

Publisher: Polity

Publication Date: 2003-04-18


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