C.S. Lewis and Test-Tube Babies

John Finnis

in Human Rights and Common Good

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580071
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729393 | DOI:
C.S. Lewis and Test-Tube Babies

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This chapter closely analyses C. S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, especially its crucial third chapter. It compares its thought with the line of argument which shows the moral wrong involved in generating human offspring by artificial means divorced from marital intercourse: the inequality involved in the producer–product relationship is inherent, and is manifested in non-intrinsic but virtually universal conditions of IVF, namely destructive experimentation, observation, and selection. The concern in Lewis's third chapter with contraception is usually overlooked.

Keywords: C. S. Lewis; IVF; marital intercourse; inequality; producer — product relation

Chapter.  4235 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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