Diversity, disability and eugenics: an interview with Rob Sparrow

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Period11 Aug 2016

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  • TitleDiversity, disability and eugenics: an interview with Rob Sparrow
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBioEdge
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionAustralian bioethicist Rob Sparrow has written extensively on topics ranging from political philosophy and minority rights to the ethics of war, robot ethics and even the ethics of nanotechnology. Yet he is arguably best known for his work in bioethics. While in one sense part of a mainstream bioethics academy, Professor Sparrow often provides a refreshingly unique perspective and challenges establishment opinions in the field. As Richard R. Sharp has noted, “Sparrow’s scholarship exemplifies the value of the intellectual gadfly – even when that work ruffles a few feathers among the bioethical elite.”

    In the following interview Professor Sparrow and BioEdge’s Xavier Symons discuss current controversies in bioethics and, in particular, questions surrounding genetic diversity, the elimination of disability, and the so-called new eugenics.
    Producer/AuthorXavier Symons
    PersonsRobert Sparrow