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reviewed by Ronald H. Brady 1984

coverTitle: Algeny
Author(s): Jeremy Rifkin
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0140071067, Pages: , Year:
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The major thesis of Jeremy Rifkin’s new book, Algeny, is that genetic engineering presents us with the most critical decision of the age, not merely due to the unknown dangers that this technology could produce, but because the role of the algenist with regard to nature-something like that of a project engineer—is not a human one. We cannot accept the products of such a technology without accepting as well the nonhuman dimension of a mastery over nature, over life itself, that it implies. Is a guarantee of control, even complete control, Rifkin asks, worth trading away our humanity? Such a question has cosmological dimensions, and the text develops a secondary thesis, dealing with the relation between cosmology and society, which acts as a foil for the concerns expressed above. Noting that every major change in the means of production has been accompanied by a change in cosmology, he concludes that we... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 4, 1984, p. 645-652
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 899, Date Accessed: 7/19/2018 9:48:59 AM

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  • Ronald Brady
    Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey
    RONALD H. BRADY is associate professor of philosophy at Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey. His studies have focused on the relation between phenomenology and philosophy of science. He has published several articles on biological theory and is currently writing on biological teleology.
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