The Ethics of Cryonics

Is it Immoral to be Immortal?

  • Francesca Minerva

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Francesca Minerva
      Pages 3-22
    3. Francesca Minerva
      Pages 23-43
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-48
    2. Francesca Minerva
      Pages 49-66
    3. Francesca Minerva
      Pages 67-94
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-96
    2. Francesca Minerva
      Pages 97-110
    3. Francesca Minerva
      Pages 111-131
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 133-135

About this book


Cryonics—also known as cryopreservation or cryosuspension—is the preservation of legally dead individuals at ultra-low temperatures. Those who undergo this procedure hope that future technology will not only succeed in reviving them, but also cure them of the condition that led to their demise. In this sense, some hope that cryopreservation will allow people to continue living indefinitely. This book discusses the moral concerns of cryonics, both as a medical procedure and as an intermediate step toward life extension. In particular, Minerva analyses the moral issues surrounding cryonics-related techniques (including the hypothetical cryosuspension of fetuses as an alternative to abortion) by focusing on how they might impact the individuals who undergo cryosuspension, as well as society at large. 


Cryonics Bioethics Ethics Cryopreservation Human enhancement Technology Biotechnology Moral philosophy Ethics of technology Life extension Scientific research Science and technology studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Francesca Minerva
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy and Moral SciencesUniversity of GhentGhentBelgium

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