Nature, God, Humanity, and Promethean Fatalism

John H. Evans

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226222653
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226222707 | DOI:
Nature, God, Humanity, and Promethean Fatalism

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This chapter explores the variety of discourse used by both the opponents and the proponents of reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs) that focus on the concepts of nature, God, and humanity. In addition to the general discourse about “nature,” as well as the specific Promethean fatalist discourse, the chapter also describes the related discourses of natural law and hubris. Promethean fatalism is used by the strongest opponents of RGTs, and the other discourses used by the (relative) proponents. This chapter also examines whether the oppositional discourse of Promethean fatalism is used by the prolifers to oppose both abortion and RGTs, which would contribute to a merger of the issues. When academic and activist proponents of RGTs describe the God they think opponents believe in, they describe a Promethean fatalist God that reserves certain powers or a hyper-Promethean fatalist God, where there are no powers allocated to humans, and any modification of nature is stealing from God.

Keywords: nature; humanity; God; promethean fatalism; discourse

Chapter.  15538 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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