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Eugenika a egalitaryzm
Eugenics and Equality

Author(s): Janusz A. Majcherek
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego
Keywords: eugenika; eugenics; equality; egalitaryzm

Summary/Abstract: One way to realize the ideal of human equality is to permit an unrestrained use of genetic techniques: it would enable to eliminate inequalities between human beings. Critical examination of hopes and arguments to that effect demonstrates that such a way of implementing this goal is not only morally controversial (which is not discussed in this article), but also necessarily ineffectual. Complete elimination of inequalities would have to involve cloning individuals recognized as having perfect features; there is no guarantee, however, that identical people will be equally satisfied. Genetic techniques will also be accessible in an unequal measure to differently situated individuals; as a result, their use could only make differences between individuals rather greater rather than smaller. The return of eugenics in such form would bring effects opposite to intended ones.

  • Issue Year: II/2007
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 119-128
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish