The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology

Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity

Editors: Gordijn, Bert, Chadwick, Ruth (Eds.)

  • 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
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About this book

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.

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"This set of essays by different authors addresses a variety of issues related to the alteration of humanity by means of medical technology. … The intended audience is primarily academics interested in specific philosophical issues associated with medical enhancement or broader questions related to the legitimate scope and direction of medical science." (D. Robert MacDougall, Doody’s Review Service, March, 2009)

"It appears to be targeted primarily at the academic reader who has some familiarity with the themes addressed … . it consists of a number of papers penned by a range of international experts on the ethics of enhancement, including ‘big names’ … . It should be clear … that there is much to recommend this book. … it should definitely sit on the bookshelf of anyone working on or interested in the topics it covers." (Peter Herissone-Kelly, Metapsychology, Vol. 13 (24), June, 2009)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gordijn, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • The History of Medical Enhancement: From Restitutio ad Integrum to Transformatio ad Optimum?

    Wiesing, Urban

    Pages 9-24

  • Therapy, Enhancement and Improvement

    Chadwick, Ruth

    Pages 25-37

  • Medical Enhancement: A Destination of Technological, not Human, Betterment

    FitzGerald, S. J. Kevin

    Pages 39-53

  • How to Defend Genetic Enhancement

    Agar, Nicholas

    Pages 55-67

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity
Editors
  • Bert Gordijn
  • Ruth Chadwick
Series Title
The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8852-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8852-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8851-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8005-9
Series ISSN
1875-0044
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 240
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