Beyond Humanity?: The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement by Allen E. BuchananBeyond Humanity?: The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement by Allen E. Buchanan

Beyond Humanity?: The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement

byAllen E. Buchanan

Paperback | February 1, 2013

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Biotechnologies already on the horizon will enable us to be smarter, have better memories, be stronger and quicker, have more stamina, live longer, be more resistant to diseases, and enjoy richer emotional lives. To some of us, these prospects are heartening; to others, they are dreadful. InBeyond Humanity a leading philosopher offers a powerful and controversial exploration of urgent ethical issues concerning human enhancement. These raise enduring questions about what it is to be human, about individuality, about our relationship to nature, and about what sort of society we should strive to have. Allen E. Buchanan urges that the debate about enhancement needs to be informed by a proper understanding of evolutionarybiology, which has discredited the simplistic conceptions of human nature used by many opponents of enhancement. He argues that there are powerful reasons for us to embark on the enhancement enterprise, and no objections to enhancement that are sufficient to outweigh them.
Allen E. Buchanan is Professor of Philosophy at Duke University
Title:Beyond Humanity?: The Ethics of Biomedical EnhancementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199671494

ISBN - 13:9780199671496

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Table of Contents

1. The Landscape of the Enhancement Debate2. Enhancement and Human Development Enhancement and Human Development3. Character4. Human Nature and the Natural5. Conservatism and Enhancement6. Unintended Bad Consequences7. Moral Status and Enhancement8. Distributive Justice and the Diffusion of Innovations

Editorial Reviews

"well argued, clearly written, and presents a comprehensive analysis of the relevant key questions in the debate. To my knowledge this volume is the most wide-ranging exploration on human enhancement, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get a good grasp of the current debate." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews