Natural Science/Environment

Biotechnology and Liberty


This conference discussed different views on the ethical consequences of biotechnological advances, and the extent to which such perspectives correlate with political viewpoints. This topic, of interest to the general public, gave a practical context to discussion of the relation between liberty, state action, and the boundaries of personal choice.


Conference Readings

Bailey, Ronad. Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Defense of the Biotech Revolution. Amhurst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2005.

Cohen, Eric. “Conservative Bioethics.” Hastings Center Report 36, no. 1 (2006): 44-56.

Kass, Leon. Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness. New York: Dana Press, 2003.

Macklin, Ruth. “The New Conservative Bioethics.” Hastings Center Report 36, no. 1 (2006): 34-43.