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Ethics and Human Biomedical Enhancement : A Case for Compatibilism Public Deposited

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  • This thesis explores some of the ethical issues pertaining to the use of so-called radical enhancement technology. Key concepts analyzed include “normal function”, “human being”, and “personhood.” I argue that the use of these key concepts in the debate thus far has lacked philosophical rigor, and that a reexamination of these concepts leads to unusual conclusions about the kind of policy we might apply to radical enhancement. Specifically, my analyses and arguments gesture toward a position known in the philosophical literature as “compatibilism”, as opposed to the more mainstream view of “incompatibilism.” Compatibilism holds that our status as human beings is defined in such a way that it is compatible with the proposed uses of radical enhancments technology. Thus, by embracing compatibilism, we can jettison the concerns which come with notions of the “trans” or “post” human figure.
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