Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

by Francis Fukuyama
     
 

ISBN-10: 0756795893

ISBN-13: 9780756795894

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company

A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of "the end of history," Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition. Fukuyama sketches a brief history of man's changing understanding of human nature: from Plato and Aristotle to the modernity's

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A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of "the end of history," Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition. Fukuyama sketches a brief history of man's changing understanding of human nature: from Plato and Aristotle to the modernity's utopians and dictators who sought to remake mankind for ideological ends. Fukuyama argues that the ability to manipulate the DNA of all of one person's descendants will have profound, and potentially terrible, consequences for our political order, even if undertaken with the best of intentions. In Our Posthuman Future, one of our greatest social philosophers begins to describe the potential effects of genetic exploration on the foundation of liberal democracy: the belief that human beings are equal by nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756795894
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Part IPathways to the Future
1.A Tale of Two Dystopias3
2.Sciences of the Brain18
3.Neuropharmacology and the Control of Behavior41
4.The Prolongation of Life57
5.Genetic Engineering72
6.Why We Should Worry84
Part IIBeing Human
7.Human Rights105
8.Human Nature129
9.Human Dignity148
Part IIIWhat to do
10.The Political Control of Biotechnology181
11.How Biotechnology Is Regulated Today195
12.Policies for the Future203
Notes219
Bibliography243

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