Fear of a female planet: how John Harris came to endorse eugenic social engineering

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Abstract

In this paper, I respond to criticisms by John Harris, contained in a commentary on my article “Harris, harmed states, and sexed bodies”, which appeared in the Journal of Medical Ethics, volume 37, number 5. I argue that Harris's response to my criticisms exposes the strong eugenic tendencies in his own thought, when he suggests that the reproductive obligations of parents should be determined with reference to a claim about what would enhance ‘society’ or ‘the species’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-7
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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