Germ-Line Genetic Enhancement and Rawlsian Primary Goods

@article{Allhoff2005GermLineGE,
  title={Germ-Line Genetic Enhancement and Rawlsian Primary Goods},
  author={Fritz Allhoff},
  journal={Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={15},
  pages={39 - 56}
}
  • Fritz Allhoff
  • Published 23 March 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
Genetic interventions raise a host of moral issues and, of its various species, germ-line genetic enhancement is the most morally contentious. This paper surveys various arguments against germ-line enhancement and attempts to demonstrate their inadequacies. A positive argument is advanced in favor of certain forms of germ-line enhancements, which holds that they are morally permissible if and only if they augment Rawlsian primary goods, either directly or by facilitating their acquisition. 

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