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Beyond Humanity?: The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement

Allen E. Buchanan

Abstract

This book examines the ethical controversy surrounding biomedical enhancement: the use of biotechnologies to improve normal human capacities and characteristics. It deflates the heated rhetoric of the debate and, unlike other treatment of the topic, is informed by an understanding of evolutionary biology. The book debunks the idea that the natural is always good, and explains why and how we might need to change human nature.

Keywords: biomedical enhancement, evolution, human nature, nature, the natural, risk, diffusion of innovations, authenticity, character

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587810.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen E. Buchanan, author
Duke University
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