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From Thinking about God to Acting in the World

George Pattison

in Thinking about God in an Age of Technology

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279777
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199279772.003.0008
 From Thinking about God to Acting in the World

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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

Chapter.  11569 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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