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    Psychopharmacology IAH 206 Matt Ferkany
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    Overview Enhancement Ethical objections to enhancement Psychopharmacology as enhancement Conceptions of the self Authenticity
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    Enhancement  Enhancement: an intervention  designed to improve human form or  functioning beyond what is  necessary to sustain or restore good  health Examples:  Cosmetic surgery Body building Self-improvement Kramer on Prozac: it alters some  people’s personality in ways that  make them ‘better than well’
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    Problem for the definition of enhancement? Assumes a clear distinction between interventions  that: sustain or restore good health improve beyond health Assumption debatable since: Some interventions seem to serve both Enhancements potentially change our standards of good  health
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    Ethics and enhancement What? Are there characteristics we shouldn’t  enhance? How far? Are there limits as to how far we  should be able to enhance? How? Are some methods of enhancement  acceptable and some not?
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    Enhancement in BNW Anti-aging interventions?  Genetic engineering to avoid disease? Soma?  Conditioning? 
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    Prozac  Prozac—selective serotonin reuptake  inhibitor (SSRI) Commonly used to treat depression,  obsessive compulsive disorder,  bulimia, panic disorder 28 million Americans have used it Many newer varieties of SSRI beside  Prozac
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    Prozac and enhancement Prozac made some patients better than well, made 
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