Beyond Humanity? The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement

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This book examines the ethical controversy surrounding biomedical enhancement: the use of biotechnologies to improve normal human capacities and characteristics. It deflates the heated rhetoric of the debate and, unlike other treatment of the topic, is informed by an understanding of evolutionary biology. The book debunks the idea that the natural is always good, and explains why and how we might need to change human nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic)9780191728761
ISBN (Print)9780199587810
StatePublished - Sep 22 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Authenticity
  • Biomedical enhancement
  • Character
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Evolution
  • Human nature
  • Nature
  • Risk
  • The natural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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