DEAF BY DESIGN: DISABILITY AND IMPARTIALITY
Article first published online: 8 MAY 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 8, pages 407–413, October 2008
How to Cite
SHAW, D. (2008), DEAF BY DESIGN: DISABILITY AND IMPARTIALITY. Bioethics, 22: 407–413. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00658.x
- Issue published online: 8 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 8 MAY 2008
- designer babies;
- non-identity problem;
- procreative liberty;
In ‘Benefit, Disability and the Non-Identity Problem’, Hallvard Lillehammer uses the case of a couple who chose to have deaf children to argue against the view that impartial perspectives can provide an exhaustive account of the rightness and wrongness of particular reproductive choices. His conclusion is that the traditional approach to the non-identity problem leads to erroneous conclusions about the morality of creating disabled children. This paper will show that Lillehammer underestimates the power of impartial perspectives and exaggerates the ethical force of partial perspectives, which in turn commits him to providing weak justifications for the choice made by the couple in his example case.