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The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering


reviewed by Jeff Frank May 15, 2007

coverTitle: The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering
Author(s): Michael J. Sandel
Publisher: Belknap Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 067401927X , Pages: 176, Year: 2007
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Although most parents want what is best for their children, how far is too far? Test preparation is now a $2.5 billion industry (p. 55), parents consult with college admissions counselors who charge upwards of $30,000 (p. 56), and parents spend large sums of money to give their children private lessons in music, dance, and sport. Given this, Michael Sandel asks: If it permissible, even admirable, for parents to help their children in these ways, why isn’t it equally admirable for parents to use whatever genetic technologies may emerge (provided they are safe) to enhance their child’s intelligence, musical ability, or athletic skill? (p. 51) Sandel’s new book is aimed at a general audience who he hopes will respond to the question above with, “I don’t know, I haven’t really thought of it. Still, something makes me feel that there is an important difference.” Genetic engineering, argues Sandel, is a topic that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 15, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14485, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 9:32:11 PM

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  • Jeff Frank
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    JEFF FRANK is a doctoral student in the Program of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College. He is also a member of the EdLab and on the staff of the Teachers College Record. His research interests include moral philosophy, and philosophy and literature.
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