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On Cloning : The Thinking in Action Series - John Harris

On Cloning

The Thinking in Action Series

Paperback Published: 16th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415317009
Number Of Pages: 200

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Cloning: few words have as much potential to grip our imagination or grab the headlines. No longer the stuff of science fiction or "Star Wars" - it is happening now. Yet human cloning is currently banned throughout the world, and therapeutic cloning banned in many countries.
In this highly controversial book, John Harris does a lot more than ask why we are so afraid of cloning. He presents a deft and informed defense of human cloning, carefully exposing the rhetorical and highly dubious arguments against it. He begins with a welcome introduction to what a human clone is, before tackling some of the most common and frequently bizarre criticisms of cloning: Is it really wicked? Can we regulate it? What about the welfare of cloned children? Does it turn human beings into commodities?
Dismissing one by one some of the myths about human cloning, in particular that it is degrading and unsafe, he astutely argues that some of our most cherished values, such as the freedom to start a family and the freedom from state control, actually support the case for human cloning.
Offering a brave and lucid insight into this ethical minefield, John Harris at last shows that far from ending the diversity of human life or creating a race of super-clones, cloning has the power to improve and heal human life.

Industry Reviews

'This much-needed book constitutes a magisterial demolition of woolly headed objections to cloning...With the rigorous applications of cold, hard logic Harris dismantles every objection that has been raised in the process...' - Steven Poole, The Guardian

'His arguments are lucid and irrefutable.' - Laurence Phelan, The Independent

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
On Cloning: An Introductionp. 1
Human Dignity and Reproductive Autonomyp. 34
The Welfare of the Childp. 67
Safety and Dangerp. 94
Therapeutic Cloning and Stem Cell Research and Therapyp. 113
Conclusionp. 143
Notesp. 147
Bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780415317009
ISBN-10: 0415317002
Series: Thinking in Action
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 16th June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1