Monash Bioethics Review

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 10–26 | Cite as

Human cloning and ‘posthuman’ society

  • Russell Blackford


Since early 1997, when the creation of Dolly the sheep by somatic cell nuclear transfer was announced in Nature, numerous government reports, essays, articles and books have considered the ethical problems and policy issues surrounding human reproductive cloning. In this article, I consider what response a modern liberal society should give to the prospect of human cloning, if it became safe and practical. Some opponents of human cloning have argued that permitting it would place us on a slippery slope to a repugnant future society, comparable to that portrayed in Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World.

I conclude that, leaving aside concerns about safety, none of the psychological or social considerations discussed in this article provides an adequate policy justification for invoking the state’s coercive powers to prevent human cloning.


Moral Status Moral Ideal Slippery Slope Monash Bioethic Review Human Cloning 


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© Monash University 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Blackford
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  1. 1.School of Philosophy and BioethicsMonash UniversityAustralia

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