Utilitarianism, And The Genetic Welfare Of Future Generations: A Reply To Salvi

Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 7 (2):38-39 (1997)
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Abstract

The utilitarian calculators of genetic therapy would do well to reflect again on Mills' liberal democratic rules of thumb: utility will generally be maximized when people are free to make choices, with good information, good instruments of collective action (democracy), and relative equality. My rule of thumb is that if we give future generations genetic choices, they will generally choose health, happiness, intelligence, and longevity, for themselves and their descendants.

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James J. Hughes
University of Massachusetts, Boston

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