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Autonomy, Natality and Freedom: A Liberal Re-examination of Habermas in the Enhancement Debate

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Jurgen Habermas has argued that carrying out pre-natal germline enhancements would be inimical to the future child's autonomy. In this article, I suggest that many of the objections that have been made against Habermas' arguments by liberals in the enhancement debate misconstrue his claims. To explain why, I begin by explaining how Habermas' view of personal autonomy confers particular importance to the agent's embodiment and social environment. In view of this, I explain that it is possible ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
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Pugh, J
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086041/Z/08/Z
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Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Journal:
Bioethics Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
3
Pages:
145–152
Publication date:
2015-03-01
Language:
English
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2015-03-24

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