The ethics of genetic engineering
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
First Committee Member
Alan H. Goldman, Committee Chair
Throughout this work I judge the ethics of genetic cases in light of our considered moral judgments in analogous non-genetic cases. In Chapter One, I offer refutations of common objections raised against therapeutic genetic engineering. In Chapter Two, I argue that therapeutic engineering is morally permissible. In Chapter Three, I argue that therapeutic engineering can also be morally obligatory. In Chapter Four, I turn to the common objections made against enhancement genetic engineering, and offer refutations of them. In Chapter Five, I argue that enhancement engineering is morally permissible. In Chapter Six, I argue that genetic enhancement can also be morally obligatory. In Chapter Seven, I focus on the ethics surrounding the controversial genetic alteration of such traits as disability, race, sex, and sexual orientation. I argue that it is wrong to select for disability, but that it is permissible to select for race, sex, and sexual orientation.
Neunder, Mark F., "The ethics of genetic engineering" (2001). Dissertations from ProQuest. 1703.