Re: the "not to be born" right

From: scerir (
Date: Sat Nov 18 2000 - 15:53:03 MST

scerir wrote:
  Perhaps, the best theoretical tool is

Anders Sandberg wrote:
  Hmm, what do you mean?
  Rights for potential people?
  (That is a very slippery legal road!).

I think that our age is the age of potentiality
and in-formation. Genetic manipulations can
enhance this potentiality (if polymorphism is
Unfortunately our legal systems are obsolete.
In example we are not entitled to future,
possible damages. Usually we have right to
actual, present damages. Or to future damages
when they are sure, definite, linked to some
actual, present fault.
Potentiality requires a new logic: intensional,
fuzzy, deontic, modal, prohairetic, temporal
.... I do not know.
And a different legal approach: insurances,
assurances, public authorities?
Who actually will be responsible of genetic
manipulations? Those parents, only?


  Now matter is a potentiality [dunamis],
  but form is an actuality [energeia],
  and actuality is of two kinds,
  that of which knowledge is an instance and
  that of which actual knowing is an instance.
  (Aristotle, De Anima)

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