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Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy

The Ethics of Choosing Children

Authors: Reader, Simon

  • Considers reservations about the ethics of choosing children
  • Draws on ethicists outside the scope of  orthodox bioethical thought
  • Explores the implications of the idea of procreative beneficience
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About this book

This book takes the contentious issue of designer babies and argues against the liberal eugenic current of bioethics that commends the logic and choice regimes of selective reproduction. Against conceptions of Procreative Beneficence that trade on a disregard for the gifts of maternal bodies, it seeks to recover a thought of maternal giving and a more hospitable ethic of generational beneficence. Exploring themes of responsibility, gift and natality, the book refigures the experience of reproduction as the site of an ethical response to future generations, where refusal to choose one’s children is one virtuous response. The book will appeal to anyone with an interest in reproductive ethics, feminist thought and those seeking principled grounds for resisting the technologies of choosing children.

About the authors

Simon A. Reader is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) at Keele University, UK, where he also teaches. Simon has also held the position of Research Associate at Lancaster University, where he completed his doctorate.

Reviews

“This is an exciting, perceptive and theoretically sophisticated contribution to vital conversations across the academic disciplines. Reader extends the horizons of bioethics to engage issues of gender, gift and responsibility in relation to future generations. The book should be read and discussed widely.” (Rachel Muers, Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies, Leeds University, UK)

“This is a timely and challenging book. At a point in our biotechnological development when ‘choosing children’ is becoming technically feasible, it is vital to examine critically some of our most dearly held assumptions about normativity, choice and control. Simon Reader’s book extends the standard bioethical discussion of reproductive decision making beyond the realm of personal preferences to incorporate social, philosophical, historical and gendered perspectives that will enrich these collective deliberations.” (Jackie Leach Scully, Professor of Social Ethics and Bioethics, Newcastle University, UK)>

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eBook £39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59864-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59863-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethics of Choosing Children
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59864-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59864-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59863-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 140
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