Yet, how far should the capacity to manipulate what lifeis at the molecular level authorize science to define what life isfor? This book looks at flash points in law, politics, ethics, and culture assisted reproduction, stem cell research, agricultural GMOs, gene drives, creation of synthetic organoids to argue that science s promises of perfectibility have gone too far. Science may have editorial control over the material elements of life, but it does not supersede the languages of sense–making that have helped define human values through millennia of history: the meanings of autonomy, integrity, and privacy; the bonds of kinship, family, and society; and the place of humans in nature.
- Chapter 1. A New Lens on Life
- Chapter 2. Book of Revelations
- Chapter 3. Life and Law: Constitutional Turns
- Chapter 4. Life in the Gray Zone
- Chapter 5. Language Games
- Chapter 6. A New Biopower
- Chapter 7. Life s Purposes