Sara Goering has suggested that familiar Rawlsian ideas can be pressed
into service to distinguish morally permissible from impermissible forms
of genetic engineering. My project is to develop and to assess this idea.
Specifically, I argue that, when developed, Goering's Rawlsian
resources fail to distinguish permissible from impermissible genetic
a This paper was written with
assistance from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada. I am grateful to audience members at the 2005 meetings of the
Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in San
Francisco and at the 2005 meetings of the Canadian Philosophical
Association at the University of Western Ontario for helpful discussion.
Special thanks go to Anita Ho and Chris MacDonald.