Citizen Cyborg

Citizen Cyborg

by James Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813341981

ISBN-13: 9780813341989

Pub. Date: 10/25/2004

Publisher: Basic Books

A provocative work by medical ethicist James Hughes, Citizen Cyborg argues that technologies pushing the boundaries of humanness can radically improve our quality of life if they are controlled democratically. Hughes challenges both the technophobia of Leon Kass and Francis Fukuyama and the unchecked enthusiasm of others for limitless human enhancement. He

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A provocative work by medical ethicist James Hughes, Citizen Cyborg argues that technologies pushing the boundaries of humanness can radically improve our quality of life if they are controlled democratically. Hughes challenges both the technophobia of Leon Kass and Francis Fukuyama and the unchecked enthusiasm of others for limitless human enhancement. He argues instead for a third way, "democratic transhumanism," by asking the question destined to become a fundamental issue of the twenty-first century: How can we use new cybernetic and biomedical technologies to make life better for everyone? These technologies hold great promise, but they also pose profound challenges to our health, our culture, and our liberal democratic political system. By allowing humans to become more than human - "posthuman" or "transhuman" - the new technologies will require new answers for the enduring issues of liberty and the common good. What limits should we place on the freedom of people to control their own bodies? Who should own genes and other living things? Which technologies should be mandatory, which voluntary, and which forbidden? For answers to these challenges, Citizen Cyborg proposes a radical return to a faith in the resilience of our democratic institutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813341989
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/25/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Section ITools for a Better You
1Better Living Through Science and Democracy3
2Controlling the Body11
3Living Longer23
4Getting Smarter33
5Being Happier43
Section IIThe New Biopolitical Landscape
6From Future Shock to Biopolitics55
7Cyborg Citizenship75
8Defenders of Natural Law107
9Left-Wing BioLuddites125
10Upwingers, Extropians and Transhumanists155
Section IIIFreedom and Equality Among the Cyborgs
11Democratic Transhumanism187
12Transhuman Democracy221
13Defending the Future241
14A Sexy, High-Tech Vision for a Radically Democratic Future259
Further Resources267
Index285

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