10th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy – Abstract/Petre

Ioana Petre

Genetic Justice and Future Generations

I examine in this paper the way in which genetic justice is related to the interests of future generations. In trying to find an answer, I first approach the topic on ideal grounds and then in non-ideal theory. The complexity of the issue of genetic distribution made me consider several sub-topics within the field, such as, for instance, discussions on distributive principles or the moral justifiability of enhancement. My driving argument is that genetic justice in ideal theory excludes any conflict between present and future generation with respect to gene distribution. However, once the idealizing assumptions are removed and we reach a non-ideal terrain, the conflict becomes evident.