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Thinking about God in an Age of Technology$
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George Pattison

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199279772.001.0001

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DOI:10.1093/0199279772.003.0008

This chapter explores the ethical issues raised by genetic engineering, and the prospect of a posthuman future, or as some commentators put it, a posthuman present in which everyone has become cyborgs. A variety of positive and negative responses to this situation are noted, with particular reference to Fukuyama and Habermas. It is argued that such questions mark a limit to any purely rational philosophical ethics. Religious perspectives are not only legitimate, but may be seen as an implicit background for ethical argumentation, although this does not require a return to religion’s heteronomous control of human morality.

Keywords:   ethics, posthuman, cyborgs, Fukuyama, Habermas, heteronomous

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