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The new genetics

Tony Fitzpatrick

in After the New Social Democracy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780719064760
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719064760.003.0008
The new genetics

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This chapter analyses the principles of sustainability and attention of ecowelfare by studying the new genetics. It argues for a multidimensional conception of human nature where the maintenance of diversity through social solutions (rather than technological fixes) should be the priority. It discusses the positions of Charles Murray and Francis Fukayama on eugenics. This concludes that we should only be allowed to improve human well-being through biotechnology if we are also prepared to improve it through the implementation of policies based upon distributive justice and attention.

Keywords: sustainability; attention; ecowelfare; genetics; human nature; social solutions; Charles Murray; Francis Fukayama; biotechnology; distributive justice

Chapter.  9780 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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