Eugenics: Breeding and Improving Human Genetics Essay

1689 Words Mar 29th, 2007 7 Pages
I support the guidelines outlined by Kitcher for the use of genetic information because of their responsible and ethical nature. I believe that future generations will benefit as a direct consequence of these guidelines. I shall begin by defining eugenics as the study of human genetics to improve inherited characteristics of the human race by the means of controlled selective breeding.
Chapter 8 of Kitcher's novel, Inescapable Eugenics, identifies past abuses of eugenics resulting from inaccurate, misleading information; abuses that include dominant groups using eugenics to discriminate against other undesirable groups.
In 1933, the Nazi's exercised eugenics as a direct way to rid individuals who were portrayed as "unfit" or
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I will begin my argument by exposing the significant benefits presented by Gregory Stock with the use of genetic knowledge that can bring about cures to many of the diseases present in society today. In The Enhanced and the Un-enhanced, Stock challenges Kitcher's therapeutic approach to eugenics and provides his own maximalist approach, which includes enhancement. Stock challenges Kitcher by introducing enhancement as an option to individuals to achieve their dreams and aspirations that they would else never be able to achieve . Through enhancement and maximalist treatment of disease, Stock envisions a more perfect society with less disease and more opportunity for each individual. In support of Kitcher's minimalist model, I will begin to reason against an enhanced society which will lead to discrimination on a genetic level. I agree with Stock in that enhancement will bring about superb change for only very few individuals, but simultaneously excluding many others results in a form of discrimination focused on genetics and the ability to access enhancement . In a capitalistic society, our unequal distribution of wealth only equates to an unequal distribution in genetic resources. Viewing eugenics and the use of genetic information on a larger scale shows the demand for ethical and moral guidelines to ensure the best outcome. In The Case Against Perfection by Michael Sandel, support is given to Kitcher by

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