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Ethics as problem and ethics as solution

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I argue that both the magnitude of the problem that introduction of ethics into the debate over modern biotechnology may cause and the potential of ethics to serve as a tool are commonly underestimated. I then use this clarification in support of the argument that (a) the consideration of ethics is unavoidable, (b) the ethical analysis of the problem is crucially important for the complete understanding of the issues, and (c) defensible constraints on debate derived from ethical analysis can play an important role in a consensus building process.

Keywords: ethics, values, biotechnology, discourse, debate, tool, regulation, trade, value-laden, objectivity

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