"Whose perfection is it anyway?": a virtuous consideration of enhancement
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
"Whose perfection is it anyway?
Abstract: 

Discussions of genetic enhancements often imply deep suspicions about human desires to manipulate or enhance the course of our future. These unspoken assumptions about the arrogance of the quest for perfection are at odds with the normally hopeful resonancy we find in contemporary theology. The author argues that these fears, suspicions and accusations are misplaced. The problem lies not with the question of whether we should pursue perfection, but rather what perfection we are pursuing. The author argues that perfection, properly understood, has an enormously positive function in the Roman Catholic tradition. The author examines three sources: the Scriptures, the scholastic tradition, and ascetical theology. He examines contemporary criticisms of perfectionism and suggests that an adequate virtue theory keeps us from engaging perfectionism as such. The author then shows how a positive, responsible view of perfection is an asset to our discussion on enhancement technology.

Author(s): 
Keenan, James F.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Christian Bioethics
Journal Abbreviation: 
Christ Bioeth
Publication Date: 
1999-08
Publication Year: 
1999
Pages: 
104-120
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1380-3603
DOI: 
10.1076/chbi.5.2.104.3785
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 11658188

Turabian/Chicago Citation

James F. Keenan. 1999-08. ""Whose perfection is it anyway?": a virtuous consideration of enhancement." Christian Bioethics 5: 2: 104-120. 10.1076/chbi.5.2.104.3785.

Wikipedia Citation

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