Pushing the Bioethics Envelope to Serve Neo-Eugenic Purposes

Biopolitical Times
February 24, 2011
By Pete Shanks

Professor Julian Savulescu, the Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, was just in the news again, thanks to an article in the Melbourne Herald Sun titled “Only breed smart babies: Ethicist.” The responses, from various corners of the web, were mostly unfavorable. (The snarkiest was a thread titled “Only breed superior ‘designer babies’: Psychotic Eugenicist.”)

The piece itself regrettably spells his name wrong, but Savulescu evidently accepts its substance, judging by the reply he gave to a response posted by an Oxford colleague, Neil Levy. Certainly the positions it describes are in line with views Savulescu has frequently expressed, for instance in his 2009 lecture “Genetically Enhance Humanity or Face Extinction” [videos here]. He backs away from that position a little in the Q&A, but the title is a reasonably fair summary of views he has advocated for a decade. In 2001, he published an article in Bioethics [pdf] titled “Procreative Beneficence: Why we should select the best children.”

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1 Comment on "Pushing the Bioethics Envelope to Serve Neo-Eugenic Purposes"

  1. I hope he does create a race of supermen. And I hope that when they grow, they see their creators as stupid, ugly, unfit mistakes and turn on them. I hope their creations kills them off with a cold smile and a scientific explanation. Or, people could always turn on them like they did to Frankenstein….

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