REFRAMING THE DEBATE ON HUMAN ENHANCEMENT


edited by
Fiorella Battaglia

Antonio Carnevale

issue 26 - May 2014

introduction

We are going to give neither an intensional definition of the concept of human enhancement nor are we going to attempt to build a collection that contains all the possible interventions (extensional). Our analysis draws on an overall meaning of human enhancement as scientific and technological progress that expands the possibilities of human action and reduces its dependence on natural or cultural predetermined constraints, allowing the human condition to be changed via science and technology. Human enhancement thus refers to extended cognitive skills, extended sensory capacities, a significant increase in life expectancy, mood modulation as well as new capabilities that might be provided to healthy individuals. read more

Technology as a Medium of Ethics and Culture

Volker Gerhardt

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Towards a Moderate Stance on Human Enhancement

Nikil Mukerji, Julian Nida-Rümelin

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Transhumanism and its Genesis: The Shaping of Human Enhancement Discourse by Visions of the Future

Christopher Coenen

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Human Enhancement and the Post-Human; the Converging and Diverging Pathways of Human, Hybrid and Artificial Anthropoids

Barbara Henry

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Transhuman Perfection: The Eradication of Disability Through Transhuman Technologies

David-Jack Fletcher

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Anthropological Arguments in the Ethical Debate about Human Enhancement

Jan-Christoph Heilinger

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Identity Expansion and Transcendence

William Sims Bainbridge

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Cognitive Enhancement and Personal Identity

Roberto Mordacci

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Girl, Pixelated – Narrative Identity, Virtual Embodiment, and Second Life

Anna Gotlib

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Who Should Enhance? Conceptual and Normative Dimensions of Cognitive Enhancement

Filippo Santoni de Sio, Philip Robichaud, Nicole A. Vincent

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Is there a “Moral Obligation to Create Children with the Best Chance of the Best Life”?

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

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Economic Inequality and Human Enhancement Technology

Fox Swindells

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How Liberal is (the Liberal Critique of) a Liberal Eugenics?

Nathan Van Camp

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Towards a "Human Enhancement Society"? Opportunities for an Aristotelian Approach to Frame the Question

Alberto Pirni

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Human Presence and Robotic Mediations: An Alternative Framework for Explicating Human Enhancement

Pericle Salvini

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Books Reviews

Human being @ Risk. Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability Transformations
by Jacopo Branchesi

Mark Coeckelbergh

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Unfit for the Future
by Laura Crompton

Persson, Savulescu

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Körper 2.0
by Matthias Moosburger

Karin Harrasser

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Wittgenstein in Exile
by Marco Nuzzaco

James C. Klagge

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