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Where we are going The human being as object of technological innovation Is there a human essence degraded by genetic, psychopharmacological technologies? If so, should we limit their use? Insofar as technologies in our environment shape our sense of what’s normal, acceptable, should we limit their use?
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Why More’s Utopia ? Utopia invites us to consider: What would the ideal society look like? The role of social engineering, biotechnology, and human perfectibility The good life, again Moral and political right and wrong
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Background of Utopia More —1478—1535 End of Renaissance, beginning of Protestant Reformation Devout Catholic Contemporaries—Magellan (1521), Copernicus (1514) Intellectual heirs—Thomas Hobbes (1600), John Locke (1650)
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Utopia Greek for ‘no place’; nowadays understood to denote an ideal, but unachievable society The basic plot: Raphael Nonsenso favorably compares the social conventions of Utopia to
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