Enhancement and Human Development

Allen Buchanan

in Beyond Humanity?

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587810
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728761 | DOI:

Series: Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics

Enhancement and Human Development

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This chapter does four things. Firstly, it begins to clear a path for more fruitful thinking about the ethics of enhancement by exposing two false framing assumptions that have seriously distorted the debate. Secondly, it demystifies the topic by showing that enhancement is not new, but instead is a fundamental theme in human history. Thirdly, it says enough about the character and the magnitude of potential benefits of biomedical enhancements to begin to put concerns about the risks of enhancement in proper perspective. Finally, it makes a provisional case for what Chapter 1 called the enhancement enterprise.

Keywords: biomedical enhancement; cognitive enhancements; enhancement enterprise

Chapter.  12392 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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