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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

The Nature of the Moral Obligation to Select the Best Children

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(p.170) 4.5 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Julian Savulescu

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0020

The author explains the nature of the moral obligation to select the best child. The author argues that our reason to select the best child is an impersonal. It is easily defeated by person-affecting moral obligations. Since our obligations to select better children are weak, there is little risk of a slide back to the old eugenics.

Keywords:   Procreative beneficence, eugenics, coercion, impersonal reason, person-affecting reason, moral obligation

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