The Limits of Reproductive Choice and Distributive Justice

Anja J. Karnein

in A Theory of Unborn Life

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199782475
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933297 | DOI:
The Limits of Reproductive Choice and Distributive Justice

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This Chapter explores the liberal eugenic approaches of John A. Robertson, Ronald Dworkin and the authors of From Chance to Choice. Genetic and Justice (2000), Allen Buchanan, Dan W. Brock, Norman Daniels, and Daniel Wikler. The central argument is that these authors all misunderstand what it means to properly respect future persons for the independent persons they enter this world as. They thus fail to appreciate that allowing parents to make extensive use of genetic enhancement may lead to a situation of intergenerational domination, where those presently living can arbitrarily impose their wills on persons of the future, i.e., without tracking their interests and without the latter being able to contest choices thus made.

Keywords: John A. Robertson; Ronald Dworkin; Allen Buchanan et al; liberal eugenics; intergenerational justice; domination; reproductive liberty; a child’s right to an open future; enhancement of the species; equality of opportunity

Chapter.  10488 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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