A Confucian Reflection on Genetic Enhancement
The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 10, Issue 4, pages 62 - 70
By Ruiping Fan
This essay explores a proper Confucian vision on genetic enhancement.
It argues that while Confucians can accept a formal starting point that
Michael Sandel proposes in his ethics of giftedness, namely, that
children should be taken as gifts, Confucians cannot adopt his
generalist strategy. The essay provides a Confucian full ethics of
giftedness by addressing a series of relevant questions, such as what
kind of gifts children are, where the gifts are from, in which way they
are given, and for what purpose they are given. It indicates that
Confucians should sort out different types of enhancement and bring
them to the test of the Confucian values in terms of both Confucian
virtue principles and specific ritual rules. It concludes that
Confucians can accept some types of enhancement but must reject others.
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