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Nancy E. Snow – Neo-Aristotelianism and the Challenge of Germline Genome Editing

September 20, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Department of Philosophy will host Nancy Snow on Friday, November 8th, 2019 as part of the Concordia Philosophy Speaker Series.

Speaker: Nancy E. Snow is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma.

Time:  Friday, November 8th, 2019, 3 to 5 p.m.

Location: LB-362 LB – J.W. McConnell Building (1400 De Maisonneuve W.) Concordia University

Title: Neo-Aristotelianism and the Challenge of Germline Genome Editing

Abstract:  Germline genome editing is a new kind of technology that can produce heritable changes in members of many kinds of species. The speed, flexibility, and kind of heritability made possible by genome editing make it especially important to consider with care its implications for human goods and virtues, as well as whether it raises challenges for neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism. In part I, I offer a brief overview of developments in genome editing. In part II, I briefly sketch the main contours of neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism and discuss scientifically-based problems that arise for it, situating germline genome editing among those problems.  In part III, I raise questions for Aristotelian conceptualizations of goods and virtues in light of germline genome editing using the framework developed in Nussbaum (1988).

Link: https://www.concordia.ca/cuevents/artsci/philosophy/2019/07/02/nancy-snow-philosophy-speaker-series.html?c=artsci/philosophy/news/events

This is a free public lecture co-presented by the Social Justice Centre and the Montreal Philosophy of Science Network. All are welcome.

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