Playing God

Grey, W. (2012). Playing God. In Ruth Chadwick (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied ethics 2nd ed. (pp. 468-473) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-373932-2.00224-6

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Author Grey, W.
Title of chapter Playing God
Title of book The encyclopedia of applied ethics
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-373932-2.00224-6
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9780123736321
Editor Ruth Chadwick
Start page 468
End page 473
Total pages 6
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subjects 440104 Applied Ethics (incl. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics)
Abstract/Summary ‘Playing God’ is a phrase used to describe acts or decisions about matters that the speaker believes should be either treated with extreme caution or left well alone. It frequently presupposes a divinely ordained order in the moral universe that it would be reckless or impermissible to transgress. The phrase is often used in bioethics, especially in connection with decisions about the termination of life and genetic manipulation. ‘Playing God’ implicitly appeals to an underlying moral principle, but if that principle is not explicitly stated, then the phrase merely serves as a rhetorical device that obfuscates rather than illuminates moral deliberation.
Keyword Abortion
Genetic engineering
Genetic ethics
Playing god
Religious ethics
Reproductive technology
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Description: 4 v. ; 28 cm. ; Available online 5 December 2011.

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Created: Thu, 10 Mar 2011, 12:51:35 EST by Associate Professor William Grey on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry