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BIOCRACY : public policy and the life sciences.

Author: Lynton K Caldwell
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : ROUTLEDGE, 2019.
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Biocracy, a term invented by physiologist Walter Bradford Cannon, refers to the influence of biological science on society and its public policies. Beginning with the prophetic essay Biopolitics: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, this book addresses various aspects of the relationships among the life sciences, society, and government. Included in the topics considered are some of the more critical issues of our  Read more...
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CALDWELL, LYNTON KEITH.
BIOCRACY.
[Place of publication not identified] : ROUTLEDGE, 2019
(OCoLC)1104419650
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lynton K Caldwell
ISBN: 9780429043703 0429043708 9780429701924 0429701926 9780429741944 0429741944 9780429721939 0429721935
OCLC Number: 1110009781
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Biopolitics: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy; Science-Politics and Ethics; Biopolitical Issues; Basis of Biopolicy; Bridging the Gaps; A "New Science""?; Notes; 2 Social Response to Advances in the Life Sciences; Political Truth and Biological Fact; The Relevance/Irrelevance of Nature; The ""Injustice"" of Nature; The Imperatives of Nature; Possibilities and Conjectures; Notes; 3 Health and Homeostasis as Societal Concepts; The Provenance of Homeostasis; Physiocracy; Malthusianism; Spencerian Social Theory Comparisons of Equilibrium TheoriesThe Wisdom of Society?; Convergent Concepts; Biocracy-The Politics of Homeostasis; Toward a Science of Social Systems; Social Stability as Systems Behavior; Is Social Health a Meaningful Concept?; Notes; 4 Biological Relevance of Historical Experience; The Limits of Experience; Discovering Relevance; Lessons from History?; The Parable of Easter Island; Examining the Record; The Judgment of History; Notes; 5 Life Sciences as Problems for Politics and Law; Hazards of New Knowledge; Rational Basis of Law and Equity; Biocracy Reshaping Law Conceptualization of LifeEvaluation of Life; Justice and Equity; Freedom and Responsibility; Safety and Survival; And Toward What Conclusions?; Notes; 6 Biocratic Interpretations of Ethical Behavior; Ethical Basis of Politics; Conceptual Sources of Bioethics; Bioethics and Social Theory; The Fitness Concept; The Ethic of Dynamic Homeostasis; Bioethics in Political Action; Notes; 7 Biocracy and Bureaucracy: Coping with Conflict; A New Heresy?; What Sociobiologists Say; From Biology to Biopolitics; Biopolitics and Civic Consensus; Confrontation with Bureaucracy; Notes 8 Biotechnology: Options, Benefits, and RisksOpportunities and Limitations; Costs and Risks; Equities and Economics; Fractionated Policy Constituencies; Policy and Control; Is Rational Policy Possible?; Notes; 9 International Consequences of Applied Biology; International Context of Applied Biology; Health and Nutrition; Population and Human Reproduction; Agriculture and Food; Biological Variety and Diversity; Summation; Notes; 10 Biocrats and Democrats: Allies or Adversaries?; Biocracy and Ideology; Rhetorical and Functional Democracy; The Biology of Behavior; A Brave New World?; Notes

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Biocracy, a term invented by physiologist Walter Bradford Cannon, refers to the influence of biological science on society and its public policies. Beginning with the prophetic essay Biopolitics: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, this book addresses various aspects of the relationships among the life sciences, society, and government. Included in the topics considered are some of the more critical issues of our time: the social responses to life science innovations; health and homeostasis as social concepts; the relationship between history and biology and that between the life sciences and the law; biocratic interpretations of ethical behavior and biopolitical conflicts; and the options, risks, and international consequences of biotechnology. Caldwell's book is a collection of articles that he wrote on this subject over a period of twenty-five years. Of the ten chapters, four have previously appeared in scholarly journals but have undergone extensive editorial revisions appropriate to this publication. The remaining six chapters have been presented at various professional meetings but have not hitherto been available in print.

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