The Ethics of Choosing Children

  • Simon Reader

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy book series (PASEPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Simon Reader
    Pages 1-27
  3. Simon Reader
    Pages 29-54
  4. Simon Reader
    Pages 55-80
  5. Simon Reader
    Pages 81-106
  6. Simon Reader
    Pages 107-135
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 137-140

About this book


This book takes the contentious issue of designer babies and argues against the liberal eugenic current of bioethics that commends the logic and choice regimes of selective reproduction. Against conceptions of Procreative Beneficence that trade on a disregard for the gifts of maternal bodies, it seeks to recover a thought of maternal giving and a more hospitable ethic of generational beneficence. Exploring themes of responsibility, gift and natality, the book refigures the experience of reproduction as the site of an ethical response to future generations, where refusal to choose one’s children is one virtuous response. The book will appeal to anyone with an interest in reproductive ethics, feminist thought and those seeking principled grounds for resisting the technologies of choosing children.


Reproductive technology Selective reproduction Bioethics Procreative beneficience Resisting selection procreative liberty liberal eugenics parental preference maternal giving natality

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon Reader
    • 1
  1. 1.Keele UniversityNewcastle-under-LymeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59863-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59864-2
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