Human Nature and Enhancement

@article{Buchanan2009HumanNA,
  title={Human Nature and Enhancement},
  author={Allen E. Buchanan},
  journal={Behavioral \& Experimental Economics},
  year={2009}
}
  • A. Buchanan
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine, Philosophy
  • Behavioral & Experimental Economics
Appeals to the idea of human nature are frequent in the voluminous literature on the ethics of enhancing human beings through biotechnology. Two chief concerns about the impact of enhancements on human nature have been voiced. The first is that enhancement may alter or destroy human nature. The second is that if enhancement alters or destroys human nature, this will undercut our ability to ascertain the good because, for us, the good is determined by our nature. The first concern assumes that… Expand
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  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal
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