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Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing$
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Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190940362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190940362.001.0001

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Editing the Best of All Possible Worlds

Editing the Best of All Possible Worlds

(p.61) 4 Editing the Best of All Possible Worlds
Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing

Michael Hauskeller

Oxford University Press

It has been argued that we have a moral obligation to explore human germline modification in order to create the best possible children. In contrast, this chapter argues that in order to flourish as human beings we need to recognize that there are many different ways of being good and that the pursuit of happiness is most likely to succeed not in the extraordinary, the larger than life and better than human and beyond average, but in the ordinary life, which has enough scope and depth to provide us with all the happiness that a human life can possibly have.

Keywords:   gene editing, flourishing, good life, normality, germline modification, happiness

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