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To what extent should we use technology to try to make better human beings? Because of the remarkable advances in biomedical science, we must now find an answer to this question.
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"As an anthology Human Enhancement is bound to be indispensable for anyone is interested in the subject. This collection of essays could be a beginner's first reference guide to the subject, since all essays are brief, engaging, and focused. At the same time, both advanced students and instructors will find the volume intellectually challenging and rewarding, since the essays reveal the complexity of each angle of enhancement and address these numerous angles in depth. In short, Human Enhancement is a must for anyone who is thinking about the moral status of bioengineering, and bioethics in general." --Metapsychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199299720
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 New Biosciences in the 21st Century School, University of Oxford

Nick Bostrom is Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He previously taught at Yale University in the Department of Philosophy and in the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction Human Enhancement Ethics: The State of the Debate Nick Bostrom Julian Savulescu 1

Part I Human Enhancement in General

1 Can Anyone Really Be Talking About Ethically Modifying Human Nature? Norman Daniels 25

2 What's Taxonomy Got to Do with It? 'Species Integrity', Human Rights, and Science Policy Eric T. Juengst 43

3 Should We Improve Human Nature? An Interrogation from an Asian Perspective Ryuichi Ida 59

4 The Case Against Perfection: What's Wrong with Designer Children, Bionic Athletes, and Genetic Engineering Michael J. Sandel 71

5 What Is and Is Not Wrong With Enhancement? Frances Kamm 91

6 Enhancements Are a Moral Obligation John Harris 131

7 Playing God C. A. J. Coady 155

8 Toward a More Fruitful Debate About Enhancement Erik Parens 181

9 Good, Better, or Best? Arthur L. Caplan 199

10 The Human Prejudice and the Moral Status of Enhanced Beings: What Do We Owe the Gods? Julian Savulescu 211

Part II Specific Enhancements

11 Is Selection of Children Wrong? Dan W. Brock 251

12 Parental Choice and Human Improvement Peter Singer 277

13 Reasons Against the Selection of Life: From Japan's Experience of Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis Susumu Shimazono 291

14 Medical Enhancement and the Ethos of Elite Sport Torbjom Tannsjo 315

15 Life Enhancement Technologies: Significance of Social Category Membership Christine Overall 327

16 Paternalism in the Age of Cognitive Enhancement: Do Civil Liberties Presuppose Roughly Equal Mental Ability? Daniel Wikler 341

17 Enhancing Our Truth Orientation Robin Hanson 357

Part III Enhancement as a Practical Challenge

18 The Wisdom of Nature: An EvolutionaryHeuristic for Human Enhancement Nick Bostrom Anders Sandberg 375

Index 417

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