Interfering With Nature
Journal of Applied Philosophy 1996; 13(1): 1-11
Certain kinds of medical treatment are often held to be morally unacceptable because they are an `interference with nature'. I suggest a way in which we can make sense of such ideas. We can make significant choices only against a background of conditions which we regard as `natural', and these will typically include such facts as those of birth and death, of youth and age, and of sexual relations. I argue, however, that such ideas, though intelligible, do not establish any valid moral objection to, for instance, the use of ovarian tissue for assisted conception.
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