Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 397–401 | Cite as

Steve Clarke, Julian Savulescu, C.A.J. Coady, Alberto Giubilini, and Sagar Sanyal (eds): The ethics of human enhancement: understanding the debate

Oxford University Press, 2016, 320 pp, $74, ISBN: 978-0-19-875485-5
  • Hilary YanceyEmail author

Steve Clarke, Julian Savulescu, C.A.J. Coady, Alberto Giubilini, and Sagar Sanyal aim in this volume of collected essays to provide a “forum for philosophical reflection” concerning the ethics of human enhancement, particularly “with a view to advancing those debates” (p. v). To that end, the volume succeeds. The essays are divided by their chief contribution to the task. In the first half, essays aim to clarify the debate’s terms and relevant definitions (Chris Gyngell and Michael Selgelid) and the merits of particular arguments, often framed in terms of those that have been mounted in opposition to human enhancement (Joshua May; Doug McConnell and Jeanette Kennett; and John Weckert). The second half of the volume is focused on advancements to the debate, with new arguments being introduced, some of which concern moral enhancements (Bernadette Tobin; Gregory Kaebnick; and Russell Powell and Allen Buchanan), personal identity (Nicholas Agar), and fairness in genetic lotteries (Michael...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Baylor UniversityWacoUSA

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