Rachels’s theory of moral individualism

All essays must be typed, double-spaced, and proofed. Upon collection, the essays must be stapled together. Do not use a folder. Your surname should appear on each page.Citations from a class text require only a pagination reference, e.g., (Rachels, p 43). All outside materials will require a full citation. You may choose your own format (e.g., Chicago, MLA etc.)Plagiarism results in a “0” grade on the essay and a report to the Dean of Students.The  required length per essay is 2 to 2 ½ pages.

Rachels’s theory of moral individualism

3. If you lived in a society like Gattaca and you were planning to have children, would you use the existing biotechnology to alter your offspring’s  genetic “blueprint” or would you choose as Vincent’s parents did? Provide arguments to support your position. (2.5pgs)




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In this theory, Rachels first argue that human beings are equal. However, he later rejects this ideal of equality among human beings arguing that human beings can only be treated as equals if there are no relevant differences among them. He goes on to argue that the relevant differences among people should be used to differentiate people as individuals only, and not on the basis of religion, race or gender. Under moral individualism, a person’s character and personality should be based on their own personal attributes and not attributes of the groups they come from (Preston & Ouderkirk, 2007) …

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