Untangling the debate: The ethics of human enhancement [Book Review]

NanoEthics 2 (3):251-264 (2008)
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Abstract

Human enhancement, in which nanotechnology is expected to play a major role, continues to be a highly contentious ethical debate, with experts on both sides calling it the single most important issue facing science and society in this brave, new century. This paper is a broad introduction to the symposium herein that explores a range of perspectives related to that debate. We will discuss what human enhancement is and its apparent contrast to therapy; and we will begin to tease apart the myriad intertwined issues that arise in the debate: (1) freedom & autonomy, (2) health & safety, (3) fairness & equity, (4) societal disruption, and (5) human dignity.

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Patrick Lin
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Fritz Allhoff, J.D., Ph.D.
Western Michigan University

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