Moral Perfection and the Demand for Human Enhancement

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Adriana Warmbier

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In this article I discuss one of the most significant areas of bioethical interest, which is the problem of moral enhancement. Since I claim that the crucial issue in the current debate on human bioenhancement is the problem of agency, I bring out and examine the conditions of possibility of selfunderstanding, acting subjects attributing responsible authorship for their actions to themselves. I shall argue that the very idea of moral enhancement, properly understood, fails to justify the claims that enhancing the “biological” factor that plays a part in the process of making moral choices, whether through biomedical or genetic interventions, will actually increase the probability of having “morally better future motives”.

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Warmbier, A. (2015). Moral Perfection and the Demand for Human Enhancement. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 6(1), 23-37. https://doi.org/10.14746/eip.2015.1.4
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