, 2:251

Untangling the Debate: The Ethics of Human Enhancement

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11569-008-0046-7

Cite this article as:
Lin, P. & Allhoff, F. Nanoethics (2008) 2: 251. doi:10.1007/s11569-008-0046-7


Human enhancement, in which nanotechnology is expected to play a major role, continues to be a highly contentious ethical debate, with experts on both sides calling it the single most important issue facing science and society in this brave, new century. This paper is a broad introduction to the symposium herein that explores a range of perspectives related to that debate. We will discuss what human enhancement is and its apparent contrast to therapy; and we will begin to tease apart the myriad intertwined issues that arise in the debate: (1) freedom & autonomy, (2) health & safety, (3) fairness & equity, (4) societal disruption, and (5) human dignity.


NanotechnologyHuman enhancementEthicsSocietyFreedomAutonomyHealthSafetyFairnessEquityDisruptionDignity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyCalifornia Polytechnic State Univ.San Luis ObispoUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of PhilosophyDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of PhilosophyWestern Michigan Univ.KalamazooUSA
  4. 4.Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public EthicsThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia