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In the all-too-brief discussion that follows, I work to present Leon Kass’ ‘argument’ for the prohibition of reproductive cloning. I say ‘argument’ because it is an overarching element of my discussion and critique that the bulk of Kass’ stated position does not come by way of strictly-formed premises leading from one to another and then to a conclusion – his position and his ‘argument’ are more dispersed and more wide-ranging than that. And Kass makes no bones about this – by his own admission, it is toward saving ‘repugnance’ (much more on this later) from needing to “stand naked before the bar of reason” (Kass, 7) that he presents his four articulated objections to reproductive cloning. It is the value-laden worldview represented by ‘repugnance’—a worldview which forms the context and backdrop and motivation for the four objections—that garners much of the focus of this discussion.
It is vital to note and to understand that Kass’ position is rooted...
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