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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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The Legacy of Experiment

The Legacy of Experiment

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(p.263) 8 The Legacy of Experiment
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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/9780231179546.003.0009

Chapter 8 concludes by reflecting upon the scientific and political developments that ended the stem cell controversy of the 2000s. It argues that the most lasting consequences of this political moment lie less in the scientific and technological trajectories that it engendered, than in the imaginations—and institutions—of democracy that emerged out of it. It argues that the embryo debates reflect the dynamics of public reasoning in the United States about the meaning of emerging biotechnologies for democratic visions of progress and the good.

Keywords:   Deliberative democratic theory, standing in, constitutional position of science, public bioethics, science and democracy, John Rawls

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