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Human Enhancement: Living Up to the Ideal Human

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Roduit Johann A R , Menuz Vincent, Baumann Holger,
Project Enhancement and Human Perfection
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies
Editor , Thompson Steven J
Publisher IGI Global, Hershey PA
Page(s) 54 - 66
ISBN 9781466660106
Title of proceedings Global Issues and Ethical Considerations in Human Enhancement Technologies
DOI 10.4018/978-1-4666-6010-6.ch004

Open Access

URL http://www.zora.uzh.ch/97728/
Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)

Abstract

Two major problems persist in the debate regarding the ethics of human enhancement. First, there is a lack of discussion and agreement on a definition of human enhancement. Second, the commonly used bioethical principles of justice, safety, and autonomy are jointly insufficient to assess the morality of human enhancement. This chapter attempts to define these problems and to propose a possible solution. Defending a qualitative definition of human enhancement, the authors suggest examining “perfectionist notions” of what it means to live a good human life in order to give additional normative tools to assess the morality of human enhancements. This chapter will help to clarify the debate and move it along by arguing that characteristics of the ideal human life, once defined and seen as the goal of human enhancement, can help assess the morality of a given human enhancement.
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