Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity

  • Bert Gordijn
  • Ruth Chadwick

Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Medical Enhancement

  3. Posthumanity

    1. Andy Miah
      Pages 71-94
    2. Dieter Birnbacher
      Pages 95-106
    3. Nick Bostrom
      Pages 107-136
    4. Charles T. Rubin
      Pages 137-156
  4. Current Developments

    1. Mary Devereaux
      Pages 159-174
    2. Walter Glannon
      Pages 175-189
    3. Rebecca Dresser
      Pages 191-205
    4. Ellen M. McGee
      Pages 207-224
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-240

About this book


As we are increasingly using new technologies to change ourselves beyond therapy and in accordance with our own desires, understanding the challenges of human enhancement has become one of the most urgent topics of the current age. This volume contributes to such an understanding by critically examining the pros and cons of our growing ability to shape human nature through technological advancements. The authors undertake careful analyses of decisive questions that will confront society as enhancement interventions using bio-, info-, neuro- and nanotechnologies become widespread in the years to come. They provide the reader with the conceptual tools necessary to address such questions fruitfully. What makes the book especially attractive is the combination of conceptual, historical and ethical approaches, which makes it highly original. In addition, the well-balanced structure of the volume allows both favourable and critical views to be voiced. Moreover, the work has a crystal clear structure. As a consequence, the book is accessible to a broad academic audience. The issues raised are of interest to a wide reflective public concerned about science and ethics, as well as to students, academics and professionals in areas such as philosophy, applied ethics, bioethics, medicine and health management.


Applied Ethics Cosmetic Surgery Enhancement Ethical Issues Genetic Modification Human Enhancement Medical Enhancement Posthumanity Transhumanity bioethics ethics health therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Bert Gordijn
    • Ruth Chadwick
      • 1
    1. 1.Cardiff Law SchoolUniversity of CardiffCardiffUK

    Bibliographic information

    • DOI
    • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
    • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
    • eBook Packages Medicine
    • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8851-3
    • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8852-0
    • Series Print ISSN 1875-0044
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