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Synthetic Biology and MoralityArtificial Life and the Bounds of Nature$
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Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019392

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.001.0001

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Lessons from Environmental Ethics about the Intrinsic Value of Synthetic Life

Lessons from Environmental Ethics about the Intrinsic Value of Synthetic Life

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(p.69) 4 Lessons from Environmental Ethics about the Intrinsic Value of Synthetic Life
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Synthetic Biology and Morality
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Mark A. Bedau

Ben T. Larson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.003.0005

Highlighting the discussion of intrinsic value in environmental ethics, this chapter considers the question of whether synthetic life-forms possess an intrinsic value. While arguments against this are debated, three types of intrinsic values are distinguished and attributed to synthetic life-forms. One of these values being inherent worth, because synthetic life-forms have basic biological goals and purposes that provide sufficient grounds for its attribution.

Keywords:   intrinsic value, environmental ethics, synthetic life-forms, inherent worth, biological goals, biological purposes

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