Reviewer: E. Ann Jeschke, BSLA, MTS (Saint Louis University)
Description: This compilation of essays presents various ethical dimensions of human enhancement technology (HET) and serves as a valuable interdisciplinary exploration of the controversial topic of human enhancement.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to provide a broad overview of HET as it relates to the adoption of technology in everyday practices and the human body. The book addresses both current and emerging ethical, legal, and social issues in an in-depth but readable fashion.
Audience: Written by scholars and experts, the book is intended for use as a definitive reference for those interested in HET research. This includes not only other scholars, but also medical practitioners and students who have an interest in this area.
Features: The 14 academic essays address a wide variety of topics relating to HET. The collection provides a comprehensive overview of HET by engaging scholarly disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, and history. The essays provide a nuanced exploration of topics relating to the challenge of defining HET and the rhetoric surrounding HET, new ways of evaluating HET that move beyond standard concerns relating to autonomy and justice, the implications for self-determination, the ethics of body perfection, and the evolution in our understanding of human identity. Each essay provides an introductory abstract and ends with a list of key terms and definitions.
Assessment: This is an excellent exploration of topics pertaining to the ethics of HET. The essays enable readers to better understand and negotiate our human relationship to technology by questioning and exploring the contemporary worldviews that drive these modern ethical discussions.