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Abstract

To explore cultural and social objections to biotechnology, a questionnaire-based empirical study of boys and girls of eleven to eighteen years of age from Germany, Finland, Spain and the U.K. was combined with philosophical analysis. A majority of young people from all countries felt that the use of biotechnology was not something that should be left to individual choice and spontaneously brought in the notion of limits and barriers. Biotechnology applications were distinguished between, depending on their importance and whether there were seen to be any alternatives. Almost all justifications of their responses were human centred or centred on nature, and examples of both consequentialist and deontological styles of argumentation were found.

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Authors: CHADWICK R, ;HAYRY M, ;LUNSHOF J, ;LEVITT M, ;WHITELEGG M, ;GILL R, ;HARTOG J, ;LEWIS J, ;PARKER M, ;BLASQUEZ-RUIZ F J,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18491 EN (1998) 174pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from DG XII
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-4570-2
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