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Eugenics past, present and future

Ekberg, M. E. (2013) Eugenics past, present and future. In: Turda, M. (ed.) Turda, Marius Crafting Humans: From Genesis to Eugenics and Beyond. Gottingen: V & R Unipress. pp. 89-109.

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Abstract: Understanding the human – a form of moral and religious introspection and historical responsibility and a quest for scientific knowledge and adaptability to technological progress ‘Crafting humans’ – and its corollary human enhancement – is a contested topic, both in medical sciences and the humanities. With continuing advances in science and technology, scientists and the general public alike are aware that the basic foundations of the human condition are now at stake. This volume contributes to this growing body of work. It offers insights into some of the reflections and imaginaries that have inspired and legitimated both theoretical and practical programmes for ‘crafting’ humans, ranging from the religious/spiritualist and the philosophical/cultural to the secular and the scientific/scientistic; from the religious and mystical quest for human perfection to the biopolitical eugenic state of the twentieth century, and current theories of human enhancement. This volume discusses these topics in a synchronized way, as interrelated variants of the most central story in history, that of human perfectibility
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ750 Eugenics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R723 Medical philosophy. Medical ethics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics > QH438.7 Human genetics
Creators: Ekberg, Merryn E
Editors: Turda, Marius
Publisher: V & R Unipress
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 89-109
Title of Book: Crafting Humans: From Genesis to Eugenics and Beyond
Series Name: Reflections on (in)humanity
Volume: 5
Place of Publication: Gottingen
Number of Pages: 197
Language: English
ISBN: 9783847100591
Media of Output:
Status: Published / Disseminated
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5257

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