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Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing



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Oxford University Press


Given the potentially powerful effects of gene editing for human lives, it seems reasonable to reflect on the issue from a variety of scientific, moral, cultural, and religious perspectives to help us deploy this technology with a clear eye to all its possible implications. Given the global impact genetic modification will likely have, an inquiry seriously engaging with the values and ideals of non-Western cultures and societies will be helpful to achieve the sort of balanced understanding that will enable a proper evaluation. This chapter examines the account of well-being found in the Daoist classic, the Zhuangzi, and highlights some insights that can be fruitfully explored in the context of the ethics of gene editing. The thesis is that, from the perspective of Zhuangzi’s conception of human flourishing, there are reasons for rejecting the use of genetic modification technology


Print ISBN-13: 9780190940362


72-85, "Daoism, Flourishing, and Gene Editing" by Richard Kim in Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing edited by Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, 2019, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press,

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