Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, 4:305

Ethical boundary work: Geneticization, philosophy and the social sciences

  • Adam M. Hedgecoe

DOI: 10.1023/A:1012075726550

Cite this article as:
Hedgecoe, A.M. Med Health Care Philos (2001) 4: 305. doi:10.1023/A:1012075726550


This paper is a response to Henk ten Have's “Genetics and Culture: The Geneticization thesis”. In it, I refute Ten Have's suggestion that geneticization is not the sort of process that can be measured and commented on in terms of empirical evidence,even if he is correct in suggesting that it should be seen as part of ‘philosophical discourse’. At the end, I relate this discussion to broader debates within bioethics between the social science and philosophy, and suggest the need for philosophical approaches to take the social sciences seriously.

empirical researchgeneticizationgeneticssocial sciences

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam M. Hedgecoe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Science and Technology StudiesUniversity College LondonLondon