Toward a More Natural Science

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Philosophy - 388 pages
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Kass shows how the promise and the peril of our time are inextricably linked with the promise and the peril of modern science.

The relation between the pursuit of knowledge and the conduct of life—between science and ethics, each broadly conceived—has in recent years been greatly complicated by developments in the science of life. This book examines the ethical questions involved in prenatal screening, in vitro fertilization, artificial life forms, and medical care, and discusses the role of human beings in nature.
 

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Contents

Eroding the Limits
9
The Place of Ethics in Defining
11
Troubles with the Mastery of Nature
15
The New Biology and the Old Morality
43
Prenatal Diagnosis and the Equal
80
The Meaning of Lifein the Laboratory
99
Science Politics and the Limits
128
Holding the Center
155
The Hippocratic Oath
221
Deepening the Ground
247
Thinking About the Body
276
The Virtues of Finitude
299
Nature and Nobility
318
From Nature to Ethics
346
Index
361
Copyright

Ethical Dilemmas in Caring
187

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Leon R. Kass is Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago.

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