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Designer Biology

The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems

by Ronald L. Sandler Editor · John Basl Editor

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Advances in our scientific understanding and technological power in recent decades have dramatically amplified our capacity to intentionally manipulate complex ecological and biological systems. An implication of this is that biological and ecological problems are increasingly understood and approached from an engineering perspective. In environmental contexts, this is exemplified in the pursuits of geoengineering, designer ecosystems, and conservation cloning. In human health contexts, it is exemplified in the development of synthetic biology, bionanotechnology, and human enhancement technologies. Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems consists of thirteen chapters (twelve of them original to the collection) that address the ethical issues raised by technological intervention and design across a broad range of biological and ecological systems. Among the technologies addressed are geoengineering, human enhancement, sex selection, genetic modification, and synthetic biology. This collection advances and enriches our understanding of the ethical issues raised by these technologies and identifies general lessons about the ethics of engineering complex biological and ecological systems that can be applied as new technologies and practices emerge. The insights that emerge will be especially valuable to students and scholars of environmental ethics, bioethics, or technology ethics.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication Date:
2013

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Ronald L. Sandler (Editor)

John Basl is assistant professor of philosophy at Northeastern University and cofounder of Philosophy TV (http://philostv.com).Ronald L. Sandler is associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern University, and also director of Northeastern's E...

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Creators

Contributor :
Stephen Jackson
Contributor :
Allen Thompson
Contributor :
Benjamin Hale
Contributor :
Donald S. Maier
Contributor :
Nicole Hassoun
Editor :
Ronald L. Sandler
Contributor :
David Frank
Contributor :
Nicholas Agar
Contributor :
Immaculada de Melo Martin
Editor :
John Basl
Contributor :
Valentina Urbanek
Contributor :
William Kabasenche
Contributor :
S. Matthew Liao
Contributor :
Anders Sandberg
Contributor :
Rebecca Roache
Contributor :
Sune Holm
Contributor :
Scott Simmons
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