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Choosing Tomorrow's ChildrenThe Ethics of Selective Reproduction$
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Stephen Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273966.001.0001

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Introduction: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction

Introduction: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction
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Choosing Tomorrow's Children
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Stephen Wilkinson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273966.003.0001

This introductory chapter starts by briefly describing three real cases of selective reproduction. It then offers a general account of what selective reproduction is: that it involves choosing between different possible future people. It also provides an explanation of the book's methodological and theoretical presuppositions, and offers a particular view of philosophical bioethics. This includes an explanation of why the moral status of the embryo is largely irrelevant to the ethics of selective reproduction. Finally, the structure of the whole book is outlined.

Keywords:   embryo, selective reproduction, philosophical bioethics

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