A PRUDENTIAL PERSONALIST ETHICAL APPRAISAL OF HUMAN CLONING

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Peter O.O. Ottuh

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Numerous uncertainties are hanging over the biotechnology of human cloning which has prompted medical ethicists and religious organizations to ask questions that bordered on its ethical and religious considerations. In cloning humans, ethical and religious issues arise both in its clinical and laboratory settings hence, the morality of manipulating human genes is the foremost ethical issue among scientists and religious scholars. Therefore, this paper evaluated the human cloning technology using the personalism and prudential personalism ethical-religious models to arrive at a workable moral paradigm. To achieve this objective, the paper employed the phenomenological and critical-literary literature review methods. The paper argued that previous ethical and religious researches have not adequately employed the ‘ideal’ ethical models to appraise the morality of human cloning hence; using the personalism and prudential personalism ethical-religious models were appropriate to reveal that every human life has worth and its commodification is an aberration. The paper concluded that based on the paradigm of prudential personalist ethics, cloning humans (especially, human reproductive cloning) negates respect for human life, human dignity, and communal goods hence it should not be practiced.   

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Ottuh, P. O. . (2021). A PRUDENTIAL PERSONALIST ETHICAL APPRAISAL OF HUMAN CLONING. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 7(3), 310-330. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2137310o
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Peter O.O. Ottuh, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria

Dr. Peter Oghenefavwe Oritsemuwa Ottuh is a Philosopher of Religion. He obtained a Certificate in Theological Studies from the Baptist Theological Seminary, Eku – Nigeria (1988); Diploma in Religious Studies; B.A. (Hons.) Religious Studies; M. A. Philosophy of Religion; Ph.D. Philosophy of Religion from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma – Nigeria between 1997 and 2009; and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (P.G.D.E) Lagos in 2015. He joined the Ambrose Alli University as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Religious Management and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts in 2006 (to December 2011) where he held various positions including the posts of Associate Editors of Epha: Journal of Religious Studies (Departmental Journal) and Iroro: Journal of Arts (Faculty Journal) respectively. Dr Ottuh joined Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State, Nigeria as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, College of Humanities in January 2012 where he held several positions including the Editor, SAU Journal of Humanities; served as Acting Head of Department of Languages; Chairman, Student Disciplinary Committee and Acting Dean, Student Affairs Division of the University. Dr. Ottuh is a lecturer of high repute and a prolific writer whose scholarly works numbering over sixty have appeared in both national and international academic publications. He is the co-author of Some Thoughts in Sociology of Religion, co-editor of Religious Management and Human Development in Nigeria: Theoretical and Ecclesiological Issues, and co-editor of Issues in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Dr. Ottuh is a member of several learned societies including the Nigerian Association for Biblical Studies (NABIS); National Association for the Study of Religions (NASR); Association of Nigerian Academics (ANA); Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria (CATHAN); African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR); Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR); and Niger Delta Christian Association for Academic Research (NIDCAARES). Dr. Ottuh joined the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts of Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer. He is the Departmental Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies; a member of the Faculty Publication Committee; and a member of the Senate (Faculty of Arts Representative), Delta State University, Abraka. Presently, Dr. Ottuh is the editor of Abraka Journal of Religion and Philosophy, a publication of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Delta State University, Abraka.

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