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Human Nature and the Natural

Allen Buchanan

in Beyond Humanity?

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587810
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587810.003.0004

Series: Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics

Human Nature and the Natural

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This chapter examines a cluster of worries about enhancement that are framed in terms of human nature or the natural. It argues that appeals to human nature and the natural cannot illuminate the most difficult issues concerning biomedical enhancement, that anything of value that can be framed in these terms can be better framed without recourse to them, and that they are so confused that we should avoid them altogether in grappling with the ethical issues of enhancement.

Keywords: biomedical enhancement; evolution; human nature; essentialism; Kass; perfectionism; well-being

Chapter.  10884 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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