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Religion and Human Enhancement

Death, Values, and Morality

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Addresses several types of human enhancement technologies, including moral bioenhancement

  • Discusses the possibility of enhanced human or posthuman existence, yielding lots of creative possibilities for a book cover

  • Topics covered include both those worked on for several years, as well as cutting edge themes, such as moral enhancement, common ground to both transhumanism and religions, the meaning of death, desire and transcendence, and virtue ethics

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. “Common Ground” between Transhumanism and Religions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Christian Transhumanism

      • Ron Cole-Turner
      Pages 35-47
    3. Mormonism Mandates Transhumanism

      • Lincoln Cannon
      Pages 49-66

About this book

This collection vigorously addresses the religious implications of extreme human enhancement technology. Topics covered include cutting edge themes, such as moral enhancement, common ground to both transhumanism and religion, the meaning of death, desire and transcendence, and virtue ethics. Radical enhancement programs, advocated by transhumanists, could arguably have a more profound impact than any other development in human history.

Reflecting a range of opinion about the desirability of extreme enhancement, leading scholars in the field join with emerging scholars to foster enhanced conversation on these topics.

Keywords

  • Transhuman
  • Futurism
  • Technology
  • Human Enhancement
  • Cryogenics
  • religion and society
  • Transgenic organisms

Reviews

“All religions espouse efforts to minimise the suffering of others. Suffering from a given situation can be reduced by psychological means - coming to terms with it - but also by technological means - avoiding it. Transhumanism is the purest expression of the latter aspiration, and as such it aligns far better with religion than many believe. This excellent collection of essays from highly distinguished thinkers engages this discussion further.” (Aubrey De Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation, USA)

"Religion is as important as ever, and science marches on.  For humanity to survive, the secular and religious will have to move closer together, including on the most fundamental question: the modification of the human being itself. This book is an important step down that path, providing constructive perspectives on human enhancement, religion, and transhumanism. Open, thoughtful, and stimulating contributions from a variety of perspectives are included in this impressive volume." (Julian Savulescu, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, UK)

“Religion and Human Enhancement: Death, Values, and Morality is a wonderfully erudite and insightful exploration of the ancient and the modern, of religion and transhumanist philosophy. For anyone interested in how ideology and technology will intermingle to shape future civilization, this is essential reading.” (Phil Torres, founding Director of the X-Risks Institute and author of Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks)

“Discernment concerning our transhuman future must be done in community if we are to appropriately advance humanity.  To this point, Religion and Human Enhancement: Death, Values, and Morality offers a rich, valuable and distinctive exploration of the perils and opportunities that await us on the horizon by drawing us toward a deeper consideration of who we are and who we should be.” (The Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek, Pastor, Techno-Theologian & Founder of the Christian Transhumanist Association, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

    Tracy J. Trothen

  • East Carolina University, Greenville, USA

    Calvin Mercer

About the editors

Tracy J. Trothen is Associate Professor of Religion at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She currently co-chairs the American Academy of Religion “Human Enhancement and Transhumanism” Group.

Calvin Mercer is Professor of Religious Studies, East Carolina University, USA. He is co-editor of Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors and founding chair of the American Academy of Religion “Human Enhancement and Transhumanism” Group.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-62488-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)