Creating Unique Copies. Human Reproductive Cloning, Uniqueness, and Dignity

Evangelos D. Protopapadakis

ISBN 978-3-8325-5698-3
260 pages, year of publication: 2023
price: 37.00 €
Creating Unique Copies. Human Reproductive Cloning, Uniqueness, and Dignity
Human reproductive cloning aims to produce duplicates, i.e., people who are phenotypically and genetically identical to those already in existence. This might appear to actually threaten human dignity, because it calls into question our much-vaunted, precious uniqueness. This is precisely what this book sets out to explore: Whether, in what sense, and to what extent human reproductive cloning can threaten human uniqueness and dignity, particularly by either promoting or violating certain human rights or moral rights.

``This is a thorough, well-written and well-balanced account of the prospect of reproductive cloning for human beings. Even though the author reaches no final and definitive conclusion – indeed, precisely because he considers arguments on all sides and leaves his readers with further questions – it's a book that should be read by both scientists and decision makers.'' (Stephen R. L. Clark, University of Liverpool)

``The idea of duplicating human beings by cloning or otherwise rarely fails to strike us as deeply irritating. This illuminating and well-written book offers guidance to everyone interested in exploring the reasons behind this obstinate intuition.'' (Dieter Birnbacher, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)

``Ethical debates directly address the most difficult and pressing questions. Evangelos Protopapadakis’ book is the most telling example of this: frontal, thoroughly analytical, and provocative, a real exercise in philosophizing that engages the reader.'' (Viorel Vizureanu, University of Bucharest)

Dr. Evangelos D. Protopapadakis is Assistant Professor in Applied Ethics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is also the Director of the NKUA Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory and the Head of the Greek Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa).

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  • human reproductive cloning
  • uniqueness
  • dignity
  • bioethics
  • technological advances


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