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Moral Enhancement

Moral Enhancement
Critical Perspectives

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Michael Hauskeller, Lewis Coyne, Mark Rowlands, Inmaculada de Melo-Martín, Harris Wiseman, Walter Glannon, Nigel Pleasants, Edward Skidelsky, Anna Frammartino Wilks, Teodora Manea, Norbert Paulo, Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu, Pei-Hua Huang, John Shook, John Danaher, Elizabeth Shaw, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Giuseppe Turchi, Sylvia Terbeck, Kathryn Francis, Michał Klincewicz, Lily Frank, Marta Sokólska, Aleksandra Kulawska, Robbie Arrell, Brian D. Earp
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108717342

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  • The papers collected in this volume examine moral enhancement: the idea that we should morally improve people through the manipulation of their biological constitution. Whether moral enhancement is possible or even desirable is highly controversial. Proponents argue that it is necessary if we are to address various social ills and avert catastrophic climate change. Detractors have raised a variety of concerns, some of a practical nature and others of principle. Perhaps most fundamentally, however, the proposal forces us to ask anew what being moral actually means, in order for the idea of moral enhancement to make sense at all. The present collection both addresses these issues and moves the debate beyond its current parameters, bringing together authors with a wide range of perspectives and areas of expertise. Chapters variously draw on experimental psychology, social philosophy, pragmatism, Kantian and Aristotelian moral philosophy, and the ethics of care, sex, and psychedelics.

    • Explores the concept of moral enhancement: the idea that we should morally improve people through the manipulation of their biological constitution
    • Contains essays by leading scholars in experimental psychology, social philosophy, and pragmatism
    • Based on papers delivered at the Royal Institute of Philosophy's Annual Conference in Exeter in 2016
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108717342
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michael Hauskeller and Lewis Coyne
    1. What is moral enhancement? Mark Rowlands
    2. The trouble with moral enhancement Inmaculada de Melo-Martín
    3. The sins of moral enhancement discourse Harris Wiseman
    4. Moral enhancement as a collective action problem Walter Glannon
    5. Would Aristotle have seen the wrongness of slavery if he had undergone a course of moral enhancement? Nigel Pleasants
    6. Moral enhancement and the human condition Edward Skidelsky
    7. Kantian challenges for the bioenhancement of moral autonomy Anna Frammartino Wilks
    8. Enhancing care Teodora Manea
    9. Moral epistemic enhancement Norbert Paulo
    10. Biomedical moral enhancement in the face of moral particularism Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu and Pei-Hua Huang
    11. Is moral enhancement a right, or a threat to rights? John Shook
    12. Moral enhancement and moral freedom: a critique of the Little Alex problem John Danaher
    13. Retributivism and the moral enhancement of criminals Elizabeth Shaw
    14. Lone wolf terrorists and the impotence of moral enhancement Valerie Gray Hardcastle
    15. Moral enhancement, instrumentalism, and integrative ethical education Giuseppe Turchi
    16. The experimental psychology of moral enhancement Sylvia Terbeck and Kathryn Francis
    17. Drugs and hugs: stimulating moral dispositions as a method of moral enhancement Michał Klincewicz, Lily Frank and Marta Sokólska
    18. An unfit future: moral enhancement and technological harm Lewis Coyne
    19. Climate change and moral enhancement Aleksandra Kulawska and Michael Hauskeller
    20. Should we biochemically enhance sexual fidelity? Robbie Arrell
    21. Psychedelic moral enhancement Brian D. Earp.

  • Editors

    Michael Hauskeller, University of Liverpool

    Lewis Coyne, University of Exeter

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    Michael Hauskeller, Lewis Coyne, Mark Rowlands, Inmaculada de Melo-Martín, Harris Wiseman, Walter Glannon, Nigel Pleasants, Edward Skidelsky, Anna Frammartino Wilks, Teodora Manea, Norbert Paulo, Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu, Pei-Hua Huang, John Shook, John Danaher, Elizabeth Shaw, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Giuseppe Turchi, Sylvia Terbeck, Kathryn Francis, Michał Klincewicz, Lily Frank, Marta Sokólska, Aleksandra Kulawska, Robbie Arrell, Brian D. Earp

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