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Harris, John 1945-

Works: 39 works in 272 publications in 5 languages and 11,750 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, ed
Classifications: RG133.5, 176
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Harris
Enhancing evolution : the ethical case for making better people by John Harris( Book )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decisive biotechnological interventions in the lottery of human life--to enhance our bodies and brains and perhaps irreversibly change our genetic makeup--have been widely rejected as unethical and undesirable, and have often met with extreme hostility. But in Enhancing Evolution, leading bioethicist John Harris dismantles objections to genetic engineering, stem-cell research, designer babies, and cloning to make a forthright, sweeping, and rigorous ethical case for using biotechnology to improve human life. Human enhancement, Harris argues, is a good thing--good morally, good for individuals, good as social policy, and good for a genetic heritage that needs serious improvement. Enhancing Evolution defends biotechnological interventions that could allow us to live longer, healthier, and even happier lives by, for example, providing us with immunity from cancer and HIV/AIDS. But the book advocates far more than therapies designed to free us from sickness and disability. Harris champions the possibility of influencing the very course of evolution to give us increased mental and physical powers--from reasoning, concentration, and memory to strength, stamina, and reaction speed. Indeed, he supports enhancing ourselves in almost any way we desire. And it's not only morally defensible to enhance ourselves, Harris says. In some cases, it's morally obligatory. Whether one looks upon biotechnology with hope, fear, or a little of both, Enhancing Evolution makes a case for it that no one can ignore. ---Publisher
Wonderwoman and Superman : the ethics of human biotechnology by John Harris( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Should we engineer changes in human beings? Ought we to use the human organism as a cell or organ bank to provide 'spare parts'? Is it wrong to buy or sell human tissue? Should we experiment on human embryos or children? We are on the brink of a revolution with far reaching implications. The revolution in molecular biology will give us the ability to divert and control human evolution to an unprecedented extent. It will enable us to manufacture new life forms to order, and to make radical changes to human beings and human nature itself. In Wonderwoman and Superman John Harris argues that the decision before us now is not whether to use this power but how and to what extent. To try to ignore or reject the advances in human biotechnology would be futile, and might lead to an immense amount of avoidable suffering. There is no safe path, however, and more positive interventions may also lead to considerable harm. What we must do is learn to choose responsibly, and this important book is about the ethics of the choices that confront us
The value of life by John Harris( Book )

49 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical survey of the issues in a controversial field, The Value of Life explores the dilemmas in current medical practice and research. Harris argues for a radical reappraisal of our ways of thinking about medical ethics
The future of human reproduction : ethics, choice, and regulation( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ISSUES IN BIOMEDICAL ETHICS; General Editors: John Harris, University of Manchester; Soren Holm, University of Copenhagen.; Consulting Editor: Ranaan Gillon, Director, Imperial College Health Service, London.; North American Consulting Editor: Bonnie Steinbock, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY, Albany.; The late twentieth century has witnessed dramatic technological developments in biomedical science and the delivery of health care, and these developments have brought with them important social changes. All too often ethical analysis has lagged behind these changes. The purpose of this series is to provide lively, up-to-date, and authoritative studies for the increasingly large and diverse readership concerned with issues in biomedical ethics-not just healthcare trainees and professionals, but also social scientists, philosophers, lawyers, social workers, and legislators. The series will feature both single-author and multi-author books, short and accessible enough to be widely read, each of them focused on an issue of outstanding current importance and interest. Philosophers, doctors, and lawyers from several countries already feature among the authors lined up for the series. It promises to become the leading channel for the best original work in this burgeoning field.; This volume: The Future of Human Reproduction brings together new work, by an international group of contributors from various fields and perspectives, on ethical, social, and legal issues raised by recent advances in reproductive technology. These advances have put us in a position to choose what kinds of children and parents there should be; the aim of the essays is to illuminate how we should deal with these possibilities for choice. Topics discussed include gender and race selection, genetic engineering, fertility treatment, ovarian tissue transfer, and post-menopausal pregnancy. The central focus of the volume is the interface between reproductive choice and public regulation.; 'The Future of Human Reproduction is a roadmap for twenty-first century reproductive technologies written by leading thinkers in the field for philosophers, policy makers, and clinicians. However, it will perhaps be equally useful for parents and other members of our most important social institutions, as we struggle to cope with the rapidly changing reproductive horizon
A companion to genethics by Justine Burley( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Companion to Genethics is the first substantial study of the multifaceted dimensions of the genetic revolution and its philosophical, ethical, social and political significance. Brings together the best and most influential writing about the ethics of genetics. Includes newly-commissioned essays, all written by prominent figures in the field. Shows how there is scarcely a part of our lives left unaffected by the impact of the new genetics
Clones, genes, and immortality : ethics and the genetic revolution by John Harris( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this retitled and revised version of Harris's original text Wonderwoman and Superman, the author discusses the ethics of human biotechnology and its implications relative to human evolution and destiny
Violence and responsibility by John Harris( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On cloning by John Harris( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this gripping and controversial book, John Harris presents a deft and informed defence of human cloning. Offering a brave and lucid insight into this ethical minefield, John Harris at last shows that far from spelling the end of human life
Bioethics( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiments on embryos by Anthony Oakley Dyson( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Should we experiment on human embryos? Should we use them, or tissue from them, for therapeutic or research programmes? These are perenially interesting and controversial questions, and the debate around them ranges from visions of new Frankenstein's monsters and grotesque hybrids on the one hand, to the possibility of cures for diseases like AIDS and cancer on the other. While the debate continues, it is vital that decisions are made on the basis of the best available evidence and argument. This book provides both, from the most authoritative sources. The contributors cover the scientific, legal, ethical, theological, historical, and public policy dimensions of human embryo research and experimentation. The cases for and against are put strongly and clearly, and the scientific evidence is cogently presented by leading figures in embryology, including Professor Robert Edwards, one of the pioneers of the in vitro fertilization technique
Ethics and biotechnology by Anthony Dyson( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of biotechnology has produced nothing short of a revolution, both in our capacity to manipulate living things from single plant cells to human nature itself, but also to manufacture brand new life forms. This power to shape and create forms of life has sometimes been described as the power to ""play God"" and this book is about the ethics of ""playing God"" in the field of biotechnology. International scholars cover moral dilemmas posed by biotechnology, from the smallest cells through animals to the engineering of human beings
Stem cells : new frontiers in science & ethics by Muireann Quigley( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents analyses of a range of ethical and legal challenges raised by stem cell research and its potential and actual application.--
Consent and the incompetent patient : ethics, law, and medicine( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to be good : the possibility of moral enhancement by John Harris( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How to be good?" is the pre-eminent question for ethics, although one that philosophers and ethicists seldom address head on. Knowing how to be good, or perhaps (more modestly and more accurately) knowing how to go about trying to be good, and the ways in which it is pointless or self-defeating to try to be good, is of immense theoretical and practical importance. And what goes for trying to be good oneself, goes also for trying to provide others with ways of being good, and for trying to make them good whether they like it or not. This is what is meant by "moral enhancement." There are many proposed methodologies or technologies for moral enhancement. Some of them are ancient and/or familiar: we may attempt moral enhancement by setting a good example, by good parenting, by education or training, by peer pressure, by telling stories with a moral, in words or in pictures, and so on. We can imbibe substances with mood changing or motivational effects. We can also use medical, biological, or other scientific means; we can search for and deploy chemicals, or biological or molecular agents, which we believe will change people for the better; and we can modify the environment to make bad outcomes of all sorts less likely. We can experiment with political and social systems, institutions, and arrangements designed to make the world a better place of people better people. The question whether and to what extent moral enhancement is possible is the subject of this book
From reason to practice in bioethics : an anthology dedicated to the works of John Harris( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From reason to practice in bioethics brings together original contributions from some of the world's leading scholars in the field of bioethics. With a particular focus on, and critical engagement with, the influential work of Professor John Harris, the book provides a detailed exploration of some of the most interesting and challenging philosophical and practical questions raised in bioethics.--Provided by publisher
Intimations of immortality : the ethics and justice of life-extending therapies by John Harris( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In vitro" fertilization : the ethical issues by John Harris( )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The principles of medical ethics and medical research by John Harris( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this paper I discuss the application of the principles of medical ethics and of medical research to the case of children and others whose consent to treatment and to research is problematic. Public health depends substantially on the possibility of ongoing research into all conditions which affect the health of the people. Constraints on this research are therefore a public health issue. Moreover and more importantly the possibility of predictive testing and indeed of screening for health-relevant conditions is an important public health tool, and limitations on the use of this tool are of great significance to public health medicine. Having considered the particular problems created by research and predictive testing on children for late-onset conditions I go on to discuss research on those whose consent is problematic more generally. I conclude with radical recommendations for the reform of The Declaration of Helsinki and of the International Ethics Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects, prepared by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)
Companion to Genethics, A. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The completion of the human genome project in 2000 dramatically emphasized the imminent success of the genetic revolution. The ethical and social consequences of this scientific development are immense. From human reproduction to life-extending therapies, from the impact on gender and race to public health and public safety, there is scarcely a part of our lives left unaffected by the impact of the new genetics. A Companion to Genethics is the first substantial study of the multifaceted dimensions of the genetic revolution and its philosophical, ethical, social, and political significance. It brings together the best and most influential contemporary writing about genethics. Newly commissioned essays from prominent figures in the current debate provide a wide-ranging and fascinating scholarly analysis of all the issues that arise from this explosive science
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Enhancing evolution : the ethical case for making better people
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H., J. M. (John M. Harris), 1945-

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Wonderwoman and Superman : the ethics of human biotechnologyThe value of lifeThe future of human reproduction : ethics, choice, and regulationA companion to genethicsClones, genes, and immortality : ethics and the genetic revolutionOn cloningBioethicsExperiments on embryosEthics and biotechnology