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Enhancement “Intervention designed to improve human form or functioning beyond what is necessary to sustain or restore good health” E.T. Juengst, “What Does Enhancement Mean,” p. 29 Types of enhancement: - Pharmacological, surgical -Genetic manipulation - Germline—heritable -Somatic—not heritable - Bio-mechanical; cyborgs
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Issues raised by enhancement Metaphysical: What is it to be human? Ethical: - Are any enhancements just “improved means to unimproved ends”? - Are there enhancement we should forbid? - Do we have reason to limit how far individuals may enhance themselves?
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Plotz on varieties of enhancement Perfect eyesight, infrared vision Perfect hearing Perfect memory Strength Beauty Unlimited productivity
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Arguments for enhancement Well-Being —We will be better off, lead better lives Individual freedom —People should be free to enhance if they want to Intrinsic worth —Enhancement is a worthwhile goal for its own sake. Transhumanists.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course IAH 206 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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