Better than Human

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In Better than Human?, noted bioethicist Allen Buchanan grapples with the ethical dilemmas of the medical revolution now upon us. Biomedical enhancements, he writes, can make us smarter, have better memories, be stronger, quicker, have more stamina, live much longer, be more resistant to disease and to the frailties of aging, and enjoy richer emotional lives. They can even improve our character, or at least strengthen our powers of self-control. In spite of the benefits that biomedical enhancements may bring, many people instinctively reject them. Some worry that we will lose something important-our appreciation for what we have or what makes human beings distinctively valuable. To think clearly about enhancement, Buchanan argues, we have to acknowledge that nature is a mixed bag and that our species has many "design flaws". We should be open to the possibility of becoming better than human, while never underestimating the risk that our attempts to improve may backfire. show more

Book details

EAN

9780190664046

Classifications

Ethics & moral philosophy
Ethical issues=> scientific & technological developments
Medical ethics and professional conduct

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

216 pages

Weight(g)

196g

Dimensions(mm)

177 x 127 x 16

Publication date

2017-09-07

Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Philosophy in Action

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780190664046
Classification Ethics & moral philosophy
Ethical issues=> scientific & technological developments
Medical ethics and professional conduct
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 216 pages
Weight(g) 196g
Dimensions(mm) 177 x 127 x 16
Publication date 2017-09-07
Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series Philosophy in Action
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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