May 17, 2024

Savulescu interviewed on ‘procreative beneficence’

This interview gives a good insight into his theories

Should we use genetic testing to choose which children to bring into the world? How should we choose them? Is it acceptable deliberately to choose to create a deaf child? Should we choose children on the basis of traits such as intelligence or fitness, if we can? Does genetic selection put too much pressure on prospective parents?

In this YouTube podcast with Katrien Devolder, of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Professor Julian Savulescu, the Centre’s director, defends his view that we should select those children, from among the children we could have, who will have the best chance at having the best life.

Savulescu’s utilitarianism is controversial but many people find it attractive. This interview gives a good insight into his theories.

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge  

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