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NeuroethicsDefining the issues in theory, practice, and policy$
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Judy Illes

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.001.0001

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Creativity, gratitude, and the enhancement debate

Creativity, gratitude, and the enhancement debate

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(p.75) Chapter 6 Creativity, gratitude, and the enhancement debate
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Neuroethics
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Erik Parens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.003.0006

This chapter describes two ethical frameworks out of which people seem to come to the academic debate about enhancement technologies. It argues that the impulse to creativity (or self-transformation) can be thought of as the organizing commitment for one framework, and that the impulse to gratitude (or letting things be) can be thought of as the organizing commitment of the other. It also describes some of the different sets of reasons that seem to cluster around each of those commitments. Different reasons seem most salient, depending on one's framework.

Keywords:   neuroscience, ethics, enhancement, creativity, gratitude

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