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Engineering Genetic Injustice

11 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2005  

Peter Wenz

University of Illinois at Springfield - Department of Philosophy


In their jointly written book, From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice, Allen Buchanan, Dan Brock, Norman Daniels and Daniel Wikler defend 'the development and deployment of genetic intervention technologies ...', including genetic enhancements, against charges that they exacerbate injustice. The present paper examines some of their arguments. The first section shows that the authors confuse real societies with just societies. The second shows that without this confusion, their arguments reveal the enormous justice-impairing potential of deploying genetic enhancements in such societies as the United States.

Suggested Citation

Wenz, Peter, Engineering Genetic Injustice. Bioethics, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 1-11, February 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=649089

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