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ERIC Number: EJ779421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Reproductive Technology in the Context of Reproductive Teleology
Cooper, Neil J.; Hampton, Simon Jonathan
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v27 n6 p498-505 2007
This article argues that in the ordinary course of events, most parents routinely practice "reproductive teleology" in that they attempt to manipulate the physical and psychological characteristics of children, and they do so as part of the process of good parenting. Furthermore, such attempts are socially approved of and encouraged. With these two considerations in mind, it is argued that common objections to technological interventions, especially with respect to designer babies--based on the grounds that such processes would promote despotic parenting, deny children an open future, and interfere with the designed child's sense of self--should be seen in the context of reproductive teleology. The implications of this argument encourage an orientation toward the salience of social pressures that promote reproductive teleology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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