Biotechnical Anthropology

JPI 615

Technology is not merely an instrument to be used licitly or illicitly, but the all-embracing milieu in which we moderns live.  This milieu embeds fundamental assumptions about being and the nature of the human person, and these in turn, lie at the root of bioethical dilemmas, made possible by our biotechnical prowess, which seem to grow exponentially by the day.  This course will consider the philosophical foundations and fundamental anthropological assumptions of the biotechnical revolution.

Course Texts for Spring 2022

  • Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition 2nd ed., (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), ISBN 10:-226-02598-5.
  • John Dewey, Reconstruction in Philosophy (Forgotten Books, 2012), PIBN 1000026166.
  • Henry T. Greely, The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016), ISBN 9780674728967.
  • Amy Laura Hall, Conceiving Parenthood:  American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2008), ISBN 978-0-8028-3936-7.
  • Yuval Noah Harari, Deus Homo: A Brief History of Tomorrow (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2018), ISBN-10: 0062464345.
  • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (San Francisco: Harper Classics, 2006), ISBN-10: 0060850523.
  • Hans Jonas, The Phenomenon of Life:  Toward a Philosophical Biology (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2001).
  • Leon Kass, Beyond Therapy, Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Report by the President’s Council on Bioethics (New York:  Regan Books, 2003), ISBN: 0-06073490-6.
  • C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (San Francisco: Harper One, 2009), ISBN-10: 0060652942.

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