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Three Puzzles Regarding the Moral Status of Synthetic Organisms

John Basl and Ronald Sandler

in Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019392
eISBN:
9780262314961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

The puzzles that arise when regarding the moral status of synthetic organisms, nonliving artifacts and natural organisms are discussed. Can entities that look to be identical, differ in their moral ... More


Lessons from Environmental Ethics about the Intrinsic Value of Synthetic Life

Mark A. Bedau and Ben T. Larson

in Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019392
eISBN:
9780262314961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

Highlighting the discussion of intrinsic value in environmental ethics, this chapter considers the question of whether synthetic life-forms possess an intrinsic value. While arguments against this ... More


Species Egalitarianism and Respect for Nature: Of Mice and Carrots

Lucia Schwarz

in Respect: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780198824930
eISBN:
9780191863554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824930.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Lucia Schwarz urges a reconsideration of the implications of species egalitarianism, which is an essential element of the position in environmental ethics that Paul Taylor calls “respect for nature.” ... More


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