Introduction

  • Tamar Sharon
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 14)

Abstract

The question of what it means to be human surfaces time and again in periods of important technological change. As if, once detached from the labor of their creation, technologies then take on the capacity of philosophical anthropologists: signaling to us, undeterred by their own non-humanness, that the fact of their existence solicits a clear definition of human nature. In our current technologized culture, where the life sciences themselves are increasingly merging with technology in the form of reproductive, genetic and neuro-technology, the question of what it means to be human has taken on a new urgency.

Keywords

Human Nature Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Cognitive Enhancement Human Enhancement Enhancement Technology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamar Sharon
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  1. 1.PhilosophyMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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