The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate

Hardcover | November 19, 2016

EditorSteve Clarke, Julian Savulescu, Tony Coady

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We humans can enhance some of our mental and physical abilities above the normal upper limits for our species with the use of particular drug therapies and medical procedures. We will be able to enhance many more of our abilities in more ways in the near future. Some commentators have welcomedthe prospect of wide use of human enhancement technologies, while others have viewed it with alarm, and have made clear that they find human enhancement morally objectionable. The Ethics of Human Enhancement examines whether the reactions can be supported by articulated philosophical reasoning, orperhaps explained in terms of psychological influences on moral reasoning. An international team of ethicists refresh the debate with new ideas and arguments, making connections with scientific research and with related issues in moral philosophy.

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We humans can enhance some of our mental and physical abilities above the normal upper limits for our species with the use of particular drug therapies and medical procedures. We will be able to enhance many more of our abilities in more ways in the near future. Some commentators have welcomedthe prospect of wide use of human enhanceme...

Steve Clarke is Associate Professor in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University and a Senior Research Associate in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He is the author of over sixty papers in refereed journals and edited collections, as well as two books, including Th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:November 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198754855

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Introductory Chapter1. Alberto Giubilini and Sagar Sanyal: Challenging Human EnhancementSection One: Understanding the Debate2. C. A. J. Coady: Reason, Emotion, and Morality: Some Cautions for the Enhancement Project3. Joshua May: Repugnance as Performance Error: the Role of Disgust in Bioethical Intuitions4. Doug McConnell and Jeanette Kennett: Reasons, Reflection and Repugnance5. Linda Barclay: A Natural Alliance against a Common Foe? Opponents of Enhancement and the Social Model of Disability6. John Weckert: Playing God: What is the Problem?7. John McMillan: Conservative and Critical Morality in Debate about Reproductive Technologies8. Chris Gyngell and Michael J. Selgelid: Enhancing Human Enhancement9. Robert Sparrow: Human Enhancement for Whom?Section Two: Advancing the Debate10. Rebecca Roache and Julian Savulescu: Enhancing Conservatism11. Bernadette Tobin: MacIntyre s Paradox12. Jonathan Pugh, Guy Kahane and Julian Savulescu: Partiality for Humanity and Enhancement13. Nicholas Agar: Enhancement, Mind-uploading, and Personal Identity14. Michael Hauskeller: Levelling the Playing Field: on the Alleged Unfairness of the Genetic Lottery15. Steve Clarke: Buchanan and the Conservative Argument against Human Enhancement from Biological and Social Harmony16. Gregory E. Kaebnick: Moral enhancement, enhancement, and sentiment17. Russell Powell and Allen Buchanan: The Evolution of Moral Enhancement