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Philosophy and Medicine

Altering Nature

Volume I: Concepts of ‘Nature’ and ‘The Natural’ in Biotechnology Debates

Editors: Lustig, B. A., Brody, B. A., McKenny, Gerald P. (Eds.)

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  • A rich interdisciplinary exploration of the meanings of ‘nature’ and ‘the natural’ as religious, philosophical and moral norms
  • An extensive critical review of recent ethical discussions of developments in biotechnology
  • An analysis of the implications of different interpretations of nature as a norm for policy discussions on specific topics in biotechnology
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The two volumes of Altering Nature consider the complex ways that concepts of 'nature' and 'the natural' are understood and the relevance of those understandings to discussions of biotechnology. Volume One, Concepts of 'Nature' and 'The Natural' in Biotechnology Debates, offers nuanced accounts of the ways that nature is invoked and interpreted, both descriptively and prescriptively, by different disciplines, including perspectives from spirituality and religion, philosophy, science and medicine, law and economics, and aesthetics. In the context of that broad discussion, Volume Two, Religion, Biotechnology, and Public Policy, reviews recent religious and ethical analyses of four specific areas of biotechnology: assisted reproduction, genetic therapy and enhancement, human-machine incorporation, and biodiversity. It identifies and explores the richer normative themes that inform particular debates and suggests ways that policy choices in biotechnology may be illuminated by devoting greater attention to religious perspectives.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Lustig, B. Andrew (et al.)

  • Spiritual and Religious Concepts of Nature

    Pages 13-62

    Mackler, Aaron L., Ph.D. (et al.)

  • Philosophical Approaches to Nature

    Pages 63-136

    Zammito, John H., Ph.D. (et al.)

  • Scientific and Medical Concepts of Nature in the Modern Period in Europe and North America

    Pages 137-198

    McCullough, Laurence B., Ph.D. (et al.)

  • Ethical Challenges of Patenting “Nature”: Legal and Economic Accounts of Altered Nature as Property

    Pages 199-273

    Majumder, Mary Anderlik, J.D., Ph.D. (et al.)

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eBook $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7763-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Altering Nature
Book Subtitle
Volume I: Concepts of ‘Nature’ and ‘The Natural’ in Biotechnology Debates
Editors
  • B. A. Lustig
  • B. A. Brody
  • Gerald P. McKenny
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
97
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6921-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6921-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6920-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7763-9
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 332
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