Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 305-309

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Ethical boundary work: Geneticization, philosophy and the social sciences

  • Adam M. HedgecoeAffiliated withDepartment of Science and Technology Studies, University College London

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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 research geneticization genetics social sciences