Human Body, Enhancement, and the Missing Technomoral Virtue

  • Marco Stango Juniata College
  • David W Agler Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: Enhancement, Biomedicine, Humanity, Progress, Virtue

Abstract

In this paper we assess two sides of the debate concerning biomedical enhancement. First, the idea that biomedical enhancement should be prohibited on the grounds that it degrades human nature; second, that biomedical enhancement can in principle remove the source of moral evil. In so doing, we will propose a different notion of human nature, what we shall call the agato-teleological idea of human nature, and its implications for a philosophical understanding of the human body. Also, we will point out why it seems unreasonable to think that bodily enhancement is sufficient to guarantee moral progress. Finally, we will propose the idea that our technological societies are in need of a new moral virtue, what we shall call the virtue of non-conservative bodily integrity.

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15/01/2018