Distributive Justice and the Diffusion of Innovations

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

Distributive Justice and the Diffusion of Innovations

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This chapter continues the exploration of justice issues, focusing on the problem of inadequate diffusion—the worry that valuable biomedical enhancements may not be available or may only be available after an extended period of time, to the world's poorest people. In keeping with Chapter 1's emphasis on the fact that enhancement is not new and that biomedical enhancement is not distinctively morally problematic, the chapter situates this problem as one aspect of a the larger problem of inadequate diffusion of beneficial technologies, and offers a global institutional response to this larger problem. Thus, the book concludes with an example of how to move beyond the exchange of pros and cons to a constructive, practical, institutional response to one of the major challenges of biomedical enhancement.

Keywords: biomedical enhancement; distributive justice; diffusion of innovations; intellectual property rights; international law

Chapter.  13705 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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