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Leon Kass
February 12, 1939 -
Nationality: American
Category: Educator
Subcategory: American Educator

As bad as it might be to destroy a creature made in God's image, it might be very much worse to be creating them after images of one's own.


We are enmeshed in a lineage that came from somewhere and is going to make way for the next generation.


What does it mean to be an individual? What does it mean to flourish?


We are somehow natured, not just to reproduce, but for sociality and even for culture.


The so-called right to reproduce is not an unlimited right.


There is a lot of hype and fear about this much-talked-about prospect of designer babies.


If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness.


Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities.


The technical is not just the machinery. The technical is a disposition to life.


I have nothing against respecting people who lived before, but we have no responsibility toward them.


If one is seriously interested in preventing reproductive cloning, one must stop the process before it starts.


Is it possible to covet a much longer life for one's self and be as devoted to the well-being of the next generation? It's a long argument.


We do restrict so-called reproductive freedom. We do not allow polygamy, we do not allow incest, we do not allow the buying and selling of babies.


Almost everybody is enthusiastic about the promise of biotechnology to cure disease and to relieve suffering.


One could look over the past century and ask oneself, has the increased longevity been good, bad or indifferent?


The human animal has evolved as a preeminently social animal.


It's very hard to make arguments about the effects of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters.


It's a short step from the belief that every child should be wanted to the belief that a child exists to satisfy our wants.


One should proceed with caution. We may simply not be wise enough to do some of the kinds of engineering things that people are talking about doing.


There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.


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