The Resource Is human nature obsolete? : genetics bioengineering, and the future of the human condition, edited by Harold W. Baillie and Timothy K. Casey, (electronic book)

Is human nature obsolete? : genetics bioengineering, and the future of the human condition, edited by Harold W. Baillie and Timothy K. Casey, (electronic book)

Label
Is human nature obsolete? : genetics bioengineering, and the future of the human condition
Title
Is human nature obsolete?
Title remainder
genetics bioengineering, and the future of the human condition
Statement of responsibility
edited by Harold W. Baillie and Timothy K. Casey
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As our scientific and technical abilities expand at breathtaking speeds, concern that modern genetics and bioengineering are leading us to a posthuman future is growing. Is Human Nature Obsolete? poses the overarching question of what it is to be human against the background of these current advances in biotechnology. Its perspective is philosophical and interdisciplinary rather than technical; the focus is on questions of fundamental ontological importance rather than the specifics of medical or scientific practice. The authors--all distinguished scholars in their fields--take on questions about technology's goals and values that are often ignored or sidelined in the face of rapid scientific advances and the highly specialized nature of technical knowledge. The essays included represent a rich variety of thought, ranging from finely nuanced philosophical and theological arguments to historical studies and cultural commentaries. Several explore the historical background of today's biotechnology: Timothy Casey traces such developments as the emergence of cybernetic humanity from Cartesian dualism, and Diane Paul presents the history of "positive" versus coerced eugenics. Jean Bethke Elshtain discusses cloning as a "messianic project" to perfect the body and exclude natural diversity--giving as an example the elimination of Down Syndrome as an acceptable human type--while Harold Baillie calls for an examination of the metaphysical roots of personhood. Robert Proctor finds no evidence in paleontology for any "essence of humanity," and Tom Shannon argues against materialist reductionism. Addressing social concerns, Lisa Sowle Cahill finds the possibility of a political solution to the problems raised by genetic engineering in Catholic teachings on social justice, and Langdon Winner looks critically at the "scientific enthusiasts of a posthuman future." Taken as a whole, the book provides a humanistic overview of a subject too often considered only in its technological aspect
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Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
Dewey number
174/.957
Index
index present
LC call number
QH438.7
LC item number
.I8 2005eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
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1950-
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  • Baillie, Harold W.
  • Casey, Timothy
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  • Genetic engineering
  • Philosophical anthropology
Label
Is human nature obsolete? : genetics bioengineering, and the future of the human condition, edited by Harold W. Baillie and Timothy K. Casey, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Papers from a conference held in spring 2001 at the University of Scranton
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10225264
Dimensions
22 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
x, 422 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Is human nature obsolete? : genetics bioengineering, and the future of the human condition, edited by Harold W. Baillie and Timothy K. Casey, (electronic book)
Publication
Note
Papers from a conference held in spring 2001 at the University of Scranton
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10225264
Dimensions
22 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
x, 422 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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