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Medicine | Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity

Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity

Gordijn, Bert, Chadwick, Ruth (Eds.)

2009, VI, 240 p.

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  • Presents a systematic, well-balanced and substantiated analysis of conceptual, historical and ethical issues regarding medical enhancement and posthumanity
  • The combination of an historical, conceptual and ethical approach gives the volume a strong original aspect in comparison with other recent literature on enhancement and posthumanity
  • Accessible to a wide range of people, including graduate students, researchers, and academics teaching in the area for which the book could be a key teaching reference and resource in course design
  • The issues raised in this book are of interest to a wider reflective public concerned about science and ethics, particularly in relation to the rapid development of various technologies (such as bio-, info-, neuro-, and nanotechnology), as well as to students and academics/professionals in such areas as philosophy, applied ethics, bioethics, medical ethics, health management and biomedical sciences

As we are increasingly using new technologies to change ourselves beyond therapy and in accordance with our own desires, understanding the challenges of human enhancement has become one of the most urgent topics of the current age. This volume contributes to such an understanding by critically examining the pros and cons of our growing ability to shape human nature through technological advancements. The authors undertake careful analyses of decisive questions that will confront society as enhancement interventions using bio-, info-, neuro- and nanotechnologies become widespread in the years to come. They provide the reader with the conceptual tools necessary to address such questions fruitfully. What makes the book especially attractive is the combination of conceptual, historical and ethical approaches, which makes it highly original. In addition, the well-balanced structure of the volume allows both favourable and critical views to be voiced. Moreover, the work has a crystal clear structure. As a consequence, the book is accessible to a broad academic audience. The issues raised are of interest to a wide reflective public concerned about science and ethics, as well as to students, academics and professionals in areas such as philosophy, applied ethics, bioethics, medicine and health management.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Applied Ethics - Cosmetic Surgery - Enhancement - Ethical Issues - Genetic Modification - Human Enhancement - Medical Enhancement - Posthumanity - Transhumanity - bioethics - ethics - health - therapy

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Medicine - Philosophy - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Bert Gordijn and Ruth Chadwick: Introduction Part One: Medical Enhancement I. Urban Wiesing: The History of Medical Enhancement: from Restitutio ad Integrum to Transformatio ad Optimum? II. Ruth Chadwick: Therapy, Enhancement and Improvement III. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ: Medical Enhancement: A Destination of Technological, Not Human, Betterment IV. Nicholas Agar: How to Defend Genetic Enhancement Part Two: Posthumanity V. Andy Miah: A Critical History of Posthumanism VI. Dieter Birnbacher: Posthumanity, Transhumanism and Human Nature VII. Nick Bostrom: Why I want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up VIII. Charles T. Rubin: What is the Good of Transhumanism? Part Three: Current Developments IX. Mary Deveraux: Cosmetic Surgery X. Walter Glannon: Decelerating and Arresting Human Aging XI. Rebecca Dresser: Germline Genetic Modification XII. Ellen M. McGee: Bioelectronics and Implanted Devices XIII. Bert Gordijn: Converging NBIC Technologies for Improving Human Performance Michael J. Selgelid: Afterword. Advancing Posthuman Enhancement Dialogue

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