Reframing the ethical issues in part-human animal research: the unbearable ontology of inexorable moral confusion

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Haber, Matthew
Other Author Benham, Bryan
Title Reframing the ethical issues in part-human animal research: the unbearable ontology of inexorable moral confusion
Date 2012-01-01
Description Research that involves the creation of animals with human-derived parts opens the door to potentially valuable scientific and therapeutic advances, yet invokes unsettling moral questions. Critics and champions alike stand to gain from clear identification and careful consideration of the strongest ethical objections to this research. A prevailing objection argues that crossing the human/nonhuman species boundary introduces inexorable moral confusion (IMC) that warrants a restriction to this research on precautionary grounds. Though this objection may capture the intuitions of many who find this research unsettling, it relies on mistaken views of both biology and moral standing, ultimately distorting the morally relevant facts. We critically examine IMC, identify mistaken essentialist assumptions, and reframe ethical concerns. The upshot is a stronger line of objection that encourages a more inclusive and productive ethical discourse.
Type Text
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Volume 12
Issue 9
First Page 1
Last Page 31
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Haber, M. H., & Benham, B. (2012). Reframing the ethical issues in part-human animal research: the unbearable ontology of inexorable moral confusion. American Journal of Bioethics, 12(9), 1-31.
Rights Management (c)Taylor & Francis This is an electronic version of an article printed in Haber, M. H., & Benham, B. (2012). Reframing the ethical issues in part-human animal research: the unbearable ontology of inexorable moral confusion. American Journal of Bioethics, 12(9), 17-25. American Journal of Bioethics is available online at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2012.699139
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Date Modified 2021-05-06
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