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The Biological Foundations of Bioethics

Tim Lewens


Much work in bioethics, and also work in mainstream ethics and in political philosophy, is committed to substantive positions regarding the interpretation of biology. Sometimes these commitments are quite obvious, as when ethicists rely on robust notions of species natures to ground their views of enhancement. At other times ethicists espouse more covert positions regarding (for example) proper biological development, ‘species design’, the alleged distinction between the natural and the social, the nature of evolutionary processes, or the causal pre-eminence of genes. This book examines a seri ... More

Keywords: bioethics, development, enhancement, genes, human nature, philosophy of biology, reproductive ethics, synthetic biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712657
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Lewens, author
Clare College, Cambridge