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Enhancing Human Traits
By Erik Parens

Enhancing Human Traits

Ethical and Social Implications

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Enhancing Human Traits by Erik Parens

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In 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 Details

ISBN: 9780878407804
ISBN-10: 0878407804
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Erik Parens

Erik Parens is the associate for philosophical studies at The Hastings Center.

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