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Clones and Clones : Facts and Fantasies About Human Cloning - Martha C. Nussbaum

Clones and Clones

Facts and Fantasies About Human Cloning

By: Martha C. Nussbaum (Editor), Cass R. Sunstein (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780393320015
Number Of Pages: 352

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Human cloning is a prospect the contributors to Clones and Clones view with varying degrees of alarm, calm, ambivalence, and not a little humor. Ranging from psychoanalyst Adam Phillips's case study of a child whose confusion of "cloning" and "clothing" expresses our mixed desire and terror of sameness, to Stephen Jay Gould's and Richard Dawkins's "characteristically pithy and intelligent" essays (Civilization); from William Ian Miller's analysis of the queasiness the subject elicits in many of us, to Martha Nussbaum's witty and elegiac fantasy of the cloning of a lost lover-this superb collection limns our beliefs and concerns about what it means to be human. The writers here, says the San Diego Union-Tribune, "comprise an eclectic group, but their observations on the science and ethics of cloning, how it might fit into and affect human society and what the future might bring are just the sort of thinking that . . . we need more of." Praise for Clones and Clones: "A worthy exploration of a discomfiting topic." - Foreign AffairsΓΏ"Greatly aid[s] the cloning debate." - Washington Post "The spectrum of authors and their varying perspectives in fact and fiction are assets to anyone who hopes to understand this broad issue and its vast cultural implications." - Publishers Weekly

Ever since Dolly the Sheep, the potential of human cloning has been talked about as never before. Will it ever happen? Should it happen? What would it mean? Why shouldn't it happen? Where can we go from here (or 'there' if it does happen)? These and other questions are thoroughly examined in this distinguished volume of essays on cloning. Starting with the Nature paper that announced Dolly's successful cloning, editors Nussbaum and Sunstein bring us contributions from the worlds of science, commentary, ethics and religion, law and public policy, and finally fiction and fantasy. Contributors include Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Andrea Dworkin, Adam Phillips, and 16 others. (Kirkus UK)

Introductionp. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 17
Science
Viable Offspring Derived from Fetal and Adult Mammalian Cellsp. 21
The Science and Application of Cloningp. 29
Dolly's Fashion and Louis's Passionp. 41
What's Wrong with Cloning?p. 54
Soul Searchingp. 67
Commentary
Sashap. 73
Sheep, Joking, Cloning and the Uncannyp. 78
Sameness Is Allp. 88
Queer Clonesp. 95
Sex and the Mythological Clonep. 114
Ethics and Religion
Cloning Human Beings: An Assessment of the Ethical Issues Pro and Conp. 141
Religious Perspectivesp. 165
To Clone or Not to Clonep. 181
Human Cloning and the Public Realm: A Defense of Intuitions of the Goodp. 190
Law and Public Policy
The Constitution and the Clonep. 207
On Not Banning Cloning for the Wrong Reasonsp. 221
The Demand for Human Cloningp. 233
A Rush to Caution: Cloning Human Beingsp. 262
On Orderp. 280
Recommendations of the Commissionp. 289
Fiction and Fantasy
World of Strangersp. 297
Flourish Your Heart in This Worldp. 310
My Clonep. 332
Little Cp. 338
Contributors' Notesp. 347
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ISBN: 9780393320015
ISBN-10: 0393320014
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.92  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.39