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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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Synthetic Biology and Public Reason

Synthetic Biology and Public Reason

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(p.131) 7 Synthetic Biology and Public Reason
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Synthetic Biology and Morality
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Jon Mandle

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.003.0008

This chapter examines how society should use the “public reason,” an idea originally articulated by philosopher John Rawls, when deliberating how to make use of its political power. The chapter explores the idea that citizens should base their arguments for public policies, particularly in relation to synthetic biology, on shared public values that are not tied exclusively to their own particular comprehensive religious, philosophical, or moral doctrines, so that public policy decisions should not be based on intrinsic objections.

Keywords:   public reason, public policies, intrinsic objections, synthetic biology, John Rawls, moral doctrine

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