Ethics and the New Genetics

Ethics and the New Genetics

An Integrated Approach

eBook - 2007
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Univ of Toronto Pr

Everyday, new advances are being made in the science of human genetics. Accompanying progress in this area, however, are new ethical dilemmas. At a think tank sponsored by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, an interdisciplinary group of ethicists, geneticists, physicians, lawyers, and theologians gathered in an attempt to apply some features of Bernard Lonergan's notion of functional specialization to ethical debates surrounding genetics.

Editor H. Daniel Monsour has brought together a series of articles presented at this think tank. The articles accomplish two tasks: first, they explore some of the advances in human genetic that continue to prompt ethical debate and outline the different stances on those issues; second, they examine those stances in the context of Roman Catholic moral and religious thought. Timely, innovative, and wide-ranging, this collection will be of interest to bioethicists and philosophers, as well as religious and Lonerganian scholars.


Everyday, new advances are being made in the science of human genetics. Accompanying progress in this area, however, are new ethical dilemmas. At a think tank sponsored by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, an interdisciplinary group of ethicists, geneticists, physicians, lawyers, and theologians gathered in an attempt to apply some features of Bernard Lonergan's notion of functional specialization to ethical debates surrounding genetics.

Editor H. Daniel Monsour has brought together a series of articles presented at this think tank. The articles accomplish two tasks: first, they explore some of the advances in human genetic that continue to prompt ethical debate and outline the different stances on those issues; second, they examine those stances in the context of Roman Catholic moral and religious thought. Timely, innovative, and wide-ranging, this collection will be of interest to bioethicists and philosophers, as well as religious and Lonerganian scholars.


Timely, innovative, and wide-ranging, this collection will be of interest to bioethicists and philosophers, as well as religious and Lonerganian scholars.



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Drawn from those presented at a June 2002 "think tank" sponsored by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, these 11 papers focus on the thought of Lonergan as they explain discoveries in human genetics that have led or will lead to debate, describe the different attitudes about critical issues, and compare those attitudes to Roman Catholic moral and religious thought. After a very interesting introduction on functional specialization, ethicists, physicians, geneticists, lawyers and theologians address the technology as well as the therapeutic promise of human genetics, possible clinical applications, and the inevitable commercialization. They describe the character of moral value as well as moral knowledge and moral debate, the power of religion in moral discernment, and the Catholic position on specific ethical issues, ownership of the human genome, papal theology, key issues on genetic research (and the resulting testing and patenting), and the "expansion" of moral discernment. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2007
ISBN: 9781442684324
1442684321
080209273X
9780802092731
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 198 pages)

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