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    Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics (Paperback) By (author) Leon R. Kass

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    DescriptionAt the onset of "Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity," Leon Kass gives us a status report on where we stand today: "Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic 'enhancement,' for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and quietly honing their skills, while on the street their evangelists are zealously prophesying a posthuman future. For anyone who cares about preserving our humanity, the time has come for paying attention." Trained as a medical doctor and biochemist, Dr. Kass has become one of our most provocative thinkers on bioethical issues. Now, in this brave and searching book, he also establishes himself as a prophetic voice summoning us to think deeply about the new biomedical technologies threatening to take us back to the future envisioned by Aldous Huxley in "Brave New World." As in Huxley's dystopia, where life has been smoothed out by genetic manipulation, psychoactive drugs and high tech amusement, our own accelerating efforts to master reproduction and genetic endowment, to retard aging, and to conquer illness, imperfection, and death itself are animated by our most humane and progressive aspirations. But we are walking too quickly down the road to physical and psychological utopia, Kass believes, without pausing to assess the potential damage to our humanity from this brave new biology. In a series of meditations on cloning, embryo research, the human genome project, the sale of organs, and the assault on mortality itself, Kass evaluates the ongoing effort to break down the natural boundaries given us and to 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 remaking 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 that saving life and avoiding death. We must also strive to protect the ideas 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 life and death issues we face today.


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    Title
    Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity
    Subtitle
    The Challenge for Bioethics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leon R. Kass
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 297
    Width: 173 mm
    Height: 225 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 434 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594030475
    ISBN 10: 1594030472
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    BIC subject category V2: PSAD
    B&T General Subject: 510
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: SCI010000, MED050000
    DC21: 174.957
    Ingram eBooks Classification: PH
    DC22: 174.957
    LC classification: QH332 .K37 2004, 2002074225
    Thema V1.0: PSAD
    Publisher
    Encounter Books,USA
    Imprint name
    Encounter Books,USA
    Publication date
    25 January 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Given Kass's capacity to influence public policy, we should want to inquire into his reasoning, and "Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity helps us do so."