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    DescriptionTo 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. Human enhancement aims to increase human capacities above normal levels. Many forms of human enhancement are already in use. Many students and academics take cognition enhancing drugs to get a competitive edge. Some top athletes boost their performance with legal and illegal substances. Many an office worker begins each day with a dose of caffeine. This is only the beginning. As science and technology advance further, it will become increasingly possible to enhance basic human capacities to increase or modulate cognition, mood, personality, and physical performance, and to control the biological processes underlying normal aging. Some have suggested that such advances would take us beyond the bounds of human nature. These trends, and these dramatic prospects, raise profound ethical questions. They have generated intense public debate and have become a central topic of discussion within practical ethics. Should we side with bioconservatives, and forgo the use of any biomedical interventions aimed at enhancing human capacities? Should we side with transhumanists and embrace the new opportunities? Or should we perhaps plot some middle course? Human Enhancement presents the latest moves in this crucial debate: original contributions from many of the world's leading ethicists and moral thinkers, representing a wide range of perspectives, advocates and sceptics, enthusiasts and moderates. These are the arguments that will determine how humanity develops in the near future.


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    Title
    Human Enhancement
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Julian Savulescu, Edited by Nick Bostrom
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 646 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199594962
    ISBN 10: 0199594961
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: MBDC, PSAD
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC classification: Q
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MED050000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 610.19
    BIC subject category V2: JFMG
    DC22: 174.29
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JBFV, PSAD, MBDC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    07 January 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    Review from previous edition An excellent discussion by leading bioethicists of the issues raised by human enhancement. It would be excellent for use in classes devoted to spending at least a few weeks on enhancement, either at the upper-level undergraduate or graduate level. Robert Streiffer, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Human Enhancement gives a thorough and authoritative overview of the current state of this rapidly evolving field. Greg Bognar, Mind
    Table of contents
    Introduction: Human Enhancement Ethics: The State of the Debate ; PART I - HUMAN ENHANCEMENT IN GENERAL ; 1. Can anyone really be talking about ethically modifying human nature? ; 2. "Alter-ing" Human Nature? Misplaced Essentialism in Science Policy ; 3. Should We Improve Human Nature? An Interrogation from an Asian Perspective ; 4. The Case Against Perfection: What's wrong with designer children, bionic athletes, and genetic engineering ; 5. What Is And Is Not Wrong With Enhancement? ; 6. Enhancements Are A Moral Obligation ; 7. Playing God ; 8. Toward a More Fruitful Debate about Enhancement ; 9. Good, Better, or Best? ; 10. The Human Prejudice and the Moral Status of Enhanced Beings: What Do We Owe the Gods? ; PART II SPECIFIC ENHANCEMENTS ; 11. Is Selection of Children Wrong? ; 12. Parental Choice and Human Improvement ; 13. Reasons Against the Selection of Life: From Japan's Experience of Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis ; 14. Medical Enhancement and the Ethos of Elite Sport ; 15. Life Enhancement Technologies And the Significance of Social Category Membership ; 16. Paternalism in the Age of Cognitive Enhancement: Do Civil Liberties Presuppose Roughly Equal Mental Ability? ; 17. Enhancing Our Truth Orientation ; PART III- ENHANCEMENT AS A PRACTICAL CHALLENGE ; 18. The Wisdom of Nature: An Evolutionary Heuristic for Human Enhancement