Genetic determinism and place

Gildersleeve, Matthew and Crowden, Andrew (2019) Genetic determinism and place. Nova Prisutnost, 17 (1). pp. 139-162. ISSN 1334-2312


In this article, we review genetic determinism and highlight how our earlier research on the philosophy of place can contribute to a better understanding of genomics and ongoing debates about genetic modification. We show how place can undermine any philosophy of genetic determinism. By using our philosophy of place, our investigation contributes to a call for a turn for humanity toward a 'collective being-at-home-in-the-world', instead of being estranged from place which genetic determinism actively promotes. We also utilise cinema studies research of the film GATTACA to conceptualise how place and genetic determinism contrast. Our examination is intended to contribute to ongoing discussions about genetic determinism as they play out in the media, in education and influence discrimination. Fundamentally, we show why scholars in this area should consider place alongside genetic determinism in their future investigations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 03:07
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 04:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: genetic determinism, psychoanalysis, ethics, place
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0604 Genetics > 060499 Genetics not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.31192/np.17.1.9

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