Alternatives for Evaluating the Effects of Genetic Engineering on Human Development

  • José Sanmartín
Part of the Philosophy and Technology book series (PHTE, volume 7)


On the subject of genetic engineering, as with most technological developments, speculation often outruns reality. What I mean to say is that genetic engineering has its share of fortune tellers, and their prognostications are not limited to justifying the current state of the technology; they go on to demonstrate how extensions to unheard - of dimensions will demand a new and better social order. The term “revolution” - as everyone knows who is familiar with the history of science, of technology, and of culture generally - has been applied since the nineteenth century not only to political upheavals but also to technical innovations. Furthermore, anyone thus enlightened also knows that such revolutionary promises, in the long run, often lead to quite modest results.


Gene Therapy Genetic Engineering Human Nature Genetic Engineer Environmental Impact Assessment 
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    See my article, “Tecnología democrática frente a democracias tecnológicas,” Arbor, forthcoming.Google Scholar
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    See my article, “Reflexiones en torno a la cuestionable primacía de lo teórico, o semblanza del cachivache,” Arbor, no. 507 (March 1988): 29–45.Google Scholar
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    I have in mind the books of Konrad Lorenz and Desmond Morris - any of their books.Google Scholar
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    Jonathan Glover, What Sort of People Should There Be? ( Harmonds worth, England: Penguin, 1984 ), pp. 55–56.Google Scholar
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    See my book, Los Nuevos Redentores (Barcelona: Anthropos, 1987).Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • José Sanmartín
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  1. 1.Polytechnic University of ValenciaSpain

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