1. Genius Sperm, Eugenics, and Enhancement Technologies..
2. A Pragmatic Optimism about Enhancement Technologies..
3. Making Moral Images of Biotechnology..
4. The moral image of therapy..
5. The moral Image of Nature..
6. The Moral Image of Nurture.
7. Our Postliberal Future?.
8. Enhanced Humans When?.
“With Liberal Eugenics, Nicholas Agar has given us a lively, sophisticated defense of genetic enhancement, challenging the anxious sentimentality of biotech luddites without embracing the naïve, reckless optimism of bio-tech enthusiasts. Readers may not always agree with Agar, but they will be engaged by his original and forceful arguments and his apt and delightful examples. The book is a pleasure to read and a provocative piece of applied philosophy – a rare combination.” David Wasserman, University of Maryland
"A very persuasive case for an informed, liberal though not laissez-faire approach to research." The Guardian
"This [is a] clear, scientifically well informed and philosophically sophisticated study." Notre Dame Philosophical Review
- A provocative defence of the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children’s genetic characteristics
- Gets away from fears of a Huxleyan ‘Brave New World’ or a return to the fascist eugenics of the past
- Written from a philosophically and scientifically informed point of view
- Considers real contemporary cases of parents choosing what kind of child to have
- Uses ‘moral images’ as a way to get readers with no background in philosophy to think about moral dilemmas
- Provides an authoritative account of the science involved, making the book suitable for readers with no knowledge of genetics
- Creates a moral framework for assessing all new technologies