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Virtue Ethics and Human Enhancement

fröding, barbro

2013, XVI, 85 p.

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  • Covers the novel topic of human cognitive enhancement
  • Discusses how some key ideas in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, when interpreted pragmatically, can be a productive way to approach some hot issues in bioethics
  • Contributes to the current debate both by giving a short introduction to virtue ethics and by adding some interesting and novel perspectives on bioethics
This book shows how pressing issues in bioethics – e.g. the ownership of biological material and human cognitive enhancement – successfully can be discussed with in a virtue ethics framework. This is not intended as a complete or exegetic account of virtue ethics. Rather, the aim here is to discuss how some key ideas in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, when interpreted pragmatically, can be a productive way to approach some hot issues in bioethics. In spite of being a very promising theoretical perspective virtue ethics has so far been underdeveloped both in bioethics and neuroethics and most discussions have been conducted in consequentialist and/or deontological terms.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics - bioethics and neuroethics - human cognitive enhancement - human enhancement - virtue ethical perspective - virtue ethics

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Medicine

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