Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny
    Pages 1-14
  3. Cristina Traina, Eugenia Georges, Marcia Inhorn, Susan Kahn, Maura A. Ryan
    Pages 15-85
  4. Ted Peters, Estuardo Aguilar-Cordova, Cromwell Crawford, Karen Lebacqz
    Pages 109-159
  5. Robert Cook-Deegan, Kathleen N. Lohr, Julie Gage Palmer
    Pages 161-198
  6. Courtney S. Campbell, James F. Keenan, David R. Loy, Kathleen Matthews, Terry Winograd, Laurie Zoloth
    Pages 199-257
  7. Jeremy Sugarman, Courtney S. Campbell, Paul Citron, Susan Bartlett Foote, Nancy M. P. King
    Pages 259-284
  8. Nicholas Agar, David M. Lodge, Gerald P. McKenny, LaReesa Wolfenbarger
    Pages 285-319
  9. Paul A. Lombardo, Ann Bostrom
    Pages 321-335
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 337-345

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.


Ethics altering nature bioethics biotechnology morality public policy religion

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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