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2013 | 14 | 17-28

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Jurgena Habermasa eugenika liberalna. Trzy argumenty przeciwko biotechnologii

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Jurgen Habermas’ liberal eugenics. Three arguments against the biotechnology

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Jurgen Habermas is trying to face the ethical problems of biotechnology development. He notes that today we should consider setting the border in research. The laws of nature are being routinely violated in laboratories.. Scientists for instance are able to create hybrids, grow human skin and breed the hormones. We intuitively know the difference between “what was born”, and “what was made”, but words “natural”, and “unnatural” lose own meaning. Habermas alarms – manipulation of human genome is dangerous and immoral. While describing this immorality he refers to the categorical imperatives of Immanuel Kant. What’s interesting, when he criticizes biotechnologies, he doesn’t use catholic arguments about sanctity of life. In his opinion, human genetic engineering: firstly, would take away possibility to be themselves, and create their own biography, secondly, interpersonal relationship would be disturb, and finally freedom of genetically-modified person would be open to question. Individual whose biography would be outlined before its birth will be destined to some kind of a plan. Its illusory free decisions actually will be determined. If human doesn’t have a right of making independent decisions, then he can’t be responsible for them, and this situation creates a lot of issues. Besides, someone who has been artificially created, can’t be equal in relation to its Creators. And equality is the base of human relationships, which can be moral, or not moral. Habermas alerts, if we won’t sensitize to these issues, then people would be bred, like animals. Unborn children would be a product in this new reality. They will be treated like merchandises, which someone can buy. Parents will decide about talents, character and the look of their own baby. And their choices will be limited only by their wealth.






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  • Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, Instytut Filozofii – Zakład Etyki, Al. Wojska Polskiego 71A, 65–762 Zielona Góra


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