Human Nature: The Very Idea

@article{Lewens2012HumanNT,
  title={Human Nature: The Very Idea},
  author={Tim Lewens},
  journal={Philosophy \& Technology},
  year={2012},
  volume={25},
  pages={459-474}
}
  • T. Lewens
  • Published 4 February 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy & Technology
The only biologically respectable notion of human nature is an extremely permissive one that names the reliable dispositions of the human species as a whole. This conception offers no ethical guidance in debates over enhancement, and indeed it has the result that alterations to human nature have been commonplace in the history of our species. Aristotelian conceptions of species natures, which are currently fashionable in meta-ethics and applied ethics, have no basis in biological fact. Moreover… 

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