Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement

Paperback | August 31, 2014

byIngmar Persson, Julian Savulescu

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Unfit for the Future argues that the future of our species depends on our urgently finding ways to bring about radical enhancement of the moral aspects of our own human nature. We have rewritten our own moral agenda by the drastic changes we have made to the conditions of life on earth.Advances in technology enable us to exercise an influence that extends all over the world and far into the future. But our moral psychology lags behind and leaves us ill equipped to deal with the challenges we now face. We need to change human moral motivation so that we pay more heed not merely tothe global community, but to the interests of future generations. It is unlikely that traditional methods such as moral education or social reform alone can bring this about swiftly enough to avert looming disaster, which would undermine the conditions for worthwhile life on earth forever. Persson and Savulescu maintain that it is likely that we need to explore the use of new technologies of biomedicine to change the bases of human moral motivation. They argue that there are in principle no philosophical or moral objections to such moral bioenhancement. Unfit for the Future challengesus to rethink our attitudes to our own human nature, before it is too late.

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Unfit for the Future argues that the future of our species depends on our urgently finding ways to bring about radical enhancement of the moral aspects of our own human nature. We have rewritten our own moral agenda by the drastic changes we have made to the conditions of life on earth.Advances in technology enable us to exercise an in...

Ingmar Persson is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg, and Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Director of the Program on Ethics and the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:August 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198707924

ISBN - 13:9780198707929

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Human Nature and Common Sense Morality3. Liberal Democracy4. Catastrophic Misuses of Science5. Responsibility for Omissions to Aid6. The Tragedy of the Commons7. The Tragedy of the Environment and Liberal Democracy8. Authoritarianism and Democracy9. Liberal Democracy and the End of History10. Moral Enhancement as a Possible Way-OutIndex

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"a powerful case for saying that our current moral endowment is not adequate for meeting the problems that the world faces." --Peter Singer, Princeton University