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Experiments in DemocracyHuman Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics$
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179546

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Politics of Experiment

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(p.1) Introduction
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Experiments in Democracy
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.003.0001

The introduction introduces the topic and central argument of the book: that at the heart of the human embryo research debates was the question of how the public should reason together about a domain of science and technology that touches upon the most fundamental dimensions of human life. It introduces the methodological approach and coproductionist theoretical framework of the study. It introduces the idea of the “constitutional position of science” in American democracy, and illustrates the unacknowledged but constitutional position of scientific authority in John Rawls' idea of public reason.

Keywords:   Public Bioethics, Deliberative Democratic Theory, In Vitro Fertilization, Human Embryo Research, Coproduction, Constitutional Position of Science

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