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Lecture 3- Reject Cloning

Lecture 3- Reject Cloning - 3 A couple with a dying child...

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January 18, 2008 & January 23, 2008 Page 1 Cloning Leon Kass’s “The Wisdom of Repugnance” I. Prelims A. The process of cloning? B. Can we clone humans? C. Cloned animals 1. “Dolly” the cloned sheep (1997) 2. “CC” the first cloned cat (2002) 3. Cloned cats that glow in the dark D. Two types of cloning vis-à-vis humans: 1. Non-reproductive human cloning a) The goal is not to produce children; rather it’s to advance in scientific research 2. Reproductive human cloning a) The primary goal is to have children b) What’s the motivation behind wanting cloned children? 1) An infertile couple can have a child that is biological offspring of one of them 2) Genetic diseases can be screened for and remedied
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Unformatted text preview: 3) A couple with a dying child can clone him/her so as to have a source of healthy blood or bone marrow II. Kass’ Case Against Cloning A. Kass has a two part case against human cloning 1. One part examines the overwhelmingly bad consequences that will result from cloning 2. The other is a non-consequentialist line of reasoning that relies on the fact that many people find cloning repulsive B. What is the Wisdom of Repugnance Argument? 1. Notion that wisdom may manifest itself in feelings of disgust towards anything which lacks “goodness” or wisdom (WIKIPEDIA) C. Cloning causes confused familial relations D. Cloning is Inherently despotic...
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