This paper proposes to discuss the ethics of human cloning from the Confucian perspectives. The prospect of human cloning burst into the public consciousness in 1997, following the announcement of the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep. It has since captured much attention and generated great debate in the world. Many are repelled by the idea of producing children who would be genetically virtually identical to pre-existing individuals, and believe such a practice unethical. But some see in such cloning the possibility to do good for infertile couples and the broader society.In this paper I examined a series of specific ethical issues and objections to cloning human children. (1) problems of identity and individuality ; (2) concerns regarding manufacture ; (3) the prospect of a new eugenics ; (4) troubled family relations etc.If one accept the fact that the human is the complex creation by the interaction between the human and the environmental elements, it is quite clear that the cloned man is not the same individual with the original person. The genetic identity does not correspond to the individual identity.In conclusion, cloning-to-produce-children can be accepted in terms of human procreative freedom. The Confucians would allow that couples with fertility problems use the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology to have biologically related children. According to the principle of sheng sheng 生生 of Confucianism, the dangers of human cloning to children do not weigh the value of human procreative freedom.
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