Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Ethics of Lifespan Extension

  • David R. LawrenceEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_392-1



Debate around the appropriate moral principles that should govern the use and application of antiaging science where it may be used to radically extend Homo sapiens lifespan.

Introduction to the Debate

Radical life extension is an example of a human enhancement technology, one designed to grant a new, or augment an existing, capacity to Homo sapiens. Life extension is subject to fierce debate within certain sections of global bioethics (broadly conceived), and it is a topic that will likely never be agreed upon. A vast proportion of literature concerning human enhancement of any type is to some extent morally partisan, arguing from solidified pro- or anti-enhancement positions. Well-reasoned discourse in the field is not rare; however, while the debate broadly concentrates on the virtues of pursuing the technologies, it is likely to remain at an academic stalemate. Those in favor promote the potentialities with...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle University School of LawNewcastle-upon-TyneUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ilia Stambler
    • 1
  1. 1.Science, Technology and SocietyBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael