Human enhancement: revisiting the ethical framework

  • Boris Eßmann
Review Article

Heilinger, J.-C., 2010, Anthropologie und Ethik des Enhancements, Berlin: DeGruyter. 317 pages. ISBN 978-3110223699. Price: € 69,95.

Nagel, S., 2010, Ethics and the Neurosciences. Ethical and social consequences of neuroscientific progress, Paderborn: Mentis. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-3897857100. Price: € 42,00.

The topic of enhancement has become an established and booming sector in ethics within the last decade. While an ever-expanding body of articles addresses either concrete empirical questions or general deliberations, examinations and suggestions of a thorough theoretical (or meta-ethical), yet practice and implementation-oriented form are scarce, by comparison. Saskia Nagel and Jan-Christoph Heilinger address one of the key issues of enhancement in their dissertations: the development of an applicable and practice oriented, yet theoretically profound position that can navigate through the various pitfalls of applied and theoretical focal problems.

With her degrees in philosophy and...


Ethical Evaluation Reflective Equilibrium Human Enhancement Philosophical Anthropology Deontological Ethic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Ethics and the History of MedicineUniversity of FreiburgFreiburg im BreisgauGermany

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