Preimplantation genetic diagnosis and eugenics: a social moral epistemology approach

Year of award: 2015


  • Giulia Cavaliere    

    King's College London

Project summary

I will critically assess the claim that preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) amounts to a resurgence of eugenics using a historically informed analysis of the current discourse. I will investigate the idea held by some liberal philosophers that we ought to welcome the new/liberal eugenics as it represents a positive means to improve humankind. 

Virtue ethics prompts wider reflections on human flourishment, on what it means to be good parents, and on the relations between virtues and social practices. I want to contribute to a normative framework grounded in virtue ethics informed by social practices and institutions, as a lens to critically assess the technologies and to reopen the debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s ban on sex selection for family balancing reasons.