Unformatted text preview: We tend to have a negative reaction to the idea of cloning human beings; holding it to be
offensive to human autonomy and dignity. Some philosophers have argued, though, that
arguments against human cloning based on the notion of ‘human dignity’ are ineffective.
Other philosophers have proposed that human cloning is not morally objectionable and in fact
may produce much beneﬁt. What is your position on the moral status of human cloning?
Defend your answer by reacting to speciﬁc arguments presented in the readings. (Annas,
Tooley, Harris). Some philosophers have argued that limiting embryonic stem cell research, unless much
beneﬁt can be gained from such research, is justiﬁed on the grounds of respect for human life.
Other philosophers, though, have argued that there is no signiﬁcant moral difference between
the embryos of humans and other animals. Thus, if we allow research on the stem cells of
other animals we should allow stem cell research in regard to human embryos. Set out the
relevant arguments, and defend the position you hold to be correct. (Robertson, Hawkins). ...
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