Enhancing Human Traits
Ethical and Social Implications
Edited by Erik Parens
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Enhancing Human Traits by Erik Parens
Book DescriptionIn this volume, scholars from philosophy, sociology, history, theology, women's studies, and law explore the looming ethical and social implications of new biotechnologies that are rapidly making it possible to enhance an individual's mental and physical attributes in ways previously only imagined. To clarify the issues, the contributors grapple with the central concept of "enhancement" and probe the uses and abuses of the term. Focusing in particular on the moral issues pertaining to cosmetic surgery and cosmetic psychopharmacology (a category which includes Prozac), they also examine notions of identity, authenticity, normality, and complicity. Other essays in this collection address the social ramifications of the new technologies, including the problems of access and fairness.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780878407804
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Erik Parens
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This volume provides an accessible introduction to a fascinating and controversial science and the societal and individual implications of its continuing development.
Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Erik Parens
Used primarily to decide to abort a fetus that would have been born with mental or physical impairments, prenatal tests arguably reinforce discrimination against and misconceptions about people with disabilities. This title presents a debate about prenatal testing and selective abortion.
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Author Biography - Erik Parens
Erik Parens is the associate for philosophical studies at The Hastings Center.
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