Altering Nature

Volume One: Concepts of ‘Nature’ and ‘The Natural’ in Biotechnology Debates

  • B. Andrew Lustig
  • Baruch A. Brody
  • Gerald P. McKenny

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 97)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny
    Pages 1-12
  3. Aaron L. Mackler, Ebrahim Moosa, Allen Verhey, Anne Carolyn Klein, Kurt Peters
    Pages 13-62
  4. John H. Zammito, Philip J. Ivanhoe, Helen Longino, Phillip R. Sloan
    Pages 63-136
  5. Laurence B. McCullough, John Caskey, Thomas R. Cole, Andrew Wear
    Pages 137-198
  6. Mary Anderlik Majumder, Margaret M. Byrne, Elias Bongmba, Leslie S. Rothenberg, Nancy Neveloff Dubler
    Pages 199-273
  7. Suzanne Anker, Susan Lindee, Edward A. Shanken, Dorothy Nelkin
    Pages 275-321
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 323-332

About this book


The two volumes of Altering Nature consider the complex ways that concepts of 'nature' and 'the natural' are understood and the relevance of those understandings to discussions of biotechnology. Volume One, Concepts of 'Nature' and 'The Natural' in Biotechnology Debates, offers nuanced accounts of the ways that nature is invoked and interpreted, both descriptively and prescriptively, by different disciplines, including perspectives from spirituality and religion, philosophy, science and medicine, law and economics, and aesthetics. In the context of that broad discussion, Volume Two, Religion, Biotechnology, and Public Policy, reviews recent religious and ethical analyses of four specific areas of biotechnology: assisted reproduction, genetic therapy and enhancement, human-machine incorporation, and biodiversity. It identifies and explores the richer normative themes that inform particular debates and suggests ways that policy choices in biotechnology may be illuminated by devoting greater attention to religious perspectives.


Norbert Elias altering nature biotechnology morality public policy reaction religion science

Editors and affiliations

  • B. Andrew Lustig
    • 1
  • Baruch A. Brody
    • 2
  • Gerald P. McKenny
    • 3
  1. 1.Davidson CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Baylor College of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.University of Notre DameUSA

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