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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Grand Dreams of Perfect People

Grand Dreams of Perfect People

Chapter:
(p.277) Eighteen Grand Dreams of Perfect People
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Freedom and Limits
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Patrick Shade

John Lachs

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0020

Recognizing that designating states as “normal” rather than “diseased” is a choice-inclusive act, Lachs concludes that no simple appeal to the human genome can be used to defend the grand dreams of the proponents of eugenics. Acknowledging the limits of finitude gives us reason to reject perfection as an appropriate demand or goal. Such an acknowledgement leaves us better prepared to focus our attention on the concrete details of actual individuals.

Keywords:   Choice-inclusive facts, Human finitude, Human genome

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