Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Adaptation and Autonomy: Adaptive Preferences in Enhancing and Ending Life

Editors: Räikkä, Juha, Varelius, Jukka (Eds.)

  • Gathers together unpublished works from different authors focusing on the relationship between preference adaptation and autonomy in connection with human enhancement and in the end-of-life context
  • Assesses how, if at all, preference adaptation affects autonomy in connection with the choices we make as regards enhancing and ending human life
  • Combines for the first time the topics of preference adaptation, individual autonomy, and that of choosing to die or to enhance human capacities in a unique and comprehensive publication, filling an important knowledge gap in the contemporary bioethics literature
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This volume gathers together previously unpublished articles focusing on the relationship between preference adaptation and autonomy in connection with human enhancement and in the end-of-life context. The value of individual autonomy is a cornerstone of liberal societies. While there are different conceptions of the notion, it is arguable that on any plausible understanding of individual autonomy an autonomous agent needs to take into account the conditions that circumscribe its actions. Yet it has also been suggested that allowing one’s options to affect one’s preferences threatens autonomy. While this phenomenon has received some attention in other areas of moral philosophy, it has seldom been considered in bioethics. This book combines for the first time the topics of preference adaptation, individual autonomy, and choosing to die or to enhance human capacities in a unique and comprehensive volume, filling an important knowledge gap in the contemporary bioethics literature.

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From the reviews:

“This is a collection of previously unpublished essays that consider whether adaptive preferences … undermine the autonomy of an individual in end-of-life decision-making. … It will appeal to those interested in decision-making capacity, autonomy, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, acquired disabilities, or human enhancement through biotechnology.” (Joseph T. Norris, Doody’s Book Reviews, February, 2014)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Räikkä, Juha (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Adaptive Preferences, Autonomy, and Extended Lives

    Bruckner, Donald W.

    Pages 7-26

  • Adaptation, Autonomy, and Authority

    Dorsey, Dale

    Pages 27-47

  • “It Won’t Be as Bad as You Think:” Autonomy and Adaptation to Disability

    Hanna, Jason

    Pages 49-68

  • Autonomy and End of Life Decisions: A Paradox

    Colburn, Ben

    Pages 69-80

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eBook $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-38376-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-3-642-44735-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adaptation and Autonomy: Adaptive Preferences in Enhancing and Ending Life
Editors
  • Juha Räikkä
  • Jukka Varelius
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-38376-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-38376-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-38375-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44735-8
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 201
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