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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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Three Puzzles Regarding the Moral Status of Synthetic Organisms

Three Puzzles Regarding the Moral Status of Synthetic Organisms

(p.89) 5 Three Puzzles Regarding the Moral Status of Synthetic Organisms
Synthetic Biology and Morality

John Basl

Ronald Sandler

The MIT Press

The puzzles that arise when regarding the moral status of synthetic organisms, nonliving artifacts and natural organisms are discussed. Can entities that look to be identical, differ in their moral status and inherent worth? Do artifacts have a good of their own, not only instrumental value? These questions are addressed, because the moral status of synthetic organisms is relevant to how they are treated once they exist.

Keywords:   synthetic organisms, moral status, inherent worth, nonliving artifacts, entitites, instrumental value

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