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On Judaism and Genes: A Response to Paul Root Wolpe

From: Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
Volume 9, Number 2, June 1999
pp. 159-165 | 10.1353/ken.1999.0008


The following comments on Paul Root Wolpe's article "If I Am Only My Genes, What Am I? Genetic Essentialism and a Jewish Response" address (1) his presentation of the relationship between science and culture or religion as unimodal; (2) his misconception of the Jewish view of the physical corpus; and (3) his essential question of genetic determinism by examining the traditional Jewish view of the spiritual aspects of the human.