The Journal of Value Inquiry

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 279–291 | Cite as

Primary Goods, Contingency, and the Moral Challenge of Genetic Enhancement

  • Somogy Varga

Moral Vertigo

With the advances in biomedical sciences over the last decade and the possibility of genetic interventions becoming less speculative, it is natural that ethical questions concerning this uncharted territory have moved into the focus of philosophical debates. It is now considered a possibility that we will reach a level of biotechnological knowledge that would provide the technical means to genetically intervene to cure and radically enhance human life in the near future, forming, as Allen Buchanan says, “important biological characteristics of the human beings we choose to bring into existence.”1 Even if with current scientific sophistication, such prenatal enhancement techniques are not genuine possibilities, their possibility can alone be instructive in thinking about ethics and morality.2 As Eduarto Mendieta has observed, biotechnology, and its application “demand that we reflect on what it means to be human in an age in which human nature is up for grabs.”3



Good Life Cochlear Implant Spatial Reasoning Primary Good Genetic Intervention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Osnabrück Osnabrück Germany
  2. 2.Center for Subjectivity ResearchUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen SDenmark

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