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Better than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing Ourselves (Philosophy in Action) Hardcover – October 4, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0199797875 ISBN-10: 0199797870 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophy in Action
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199797870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199797875
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I cannot do justice to the richness of Buchanan's analysis in the scope of this review. Buchanan is a first-class guide through the complex thicket of issues and arguments related to BME." --Washington Independent Review of Books


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Allen Buchanan is the author of eleven books on bioethics and political philosophy. He has served on the Advisory Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute, Staff Philosopher for the President's Commission on Medical Ethics, and as consultant to President Barack Obama's Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Luykx on March 29, 2013
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This is a good book, based on a good understanding of what evolution is, and what it has (and hasn’t) wrought. It is thoughtful, thought-provoking, and simply and clearly written. It goes beneath the surfaces of both knee-jerk objections and knee-jerk enthusiasms. At the end, whichever side you come out on, this book is likely to have removed the panicky element in your thinking about this subject.
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Well written and an easy read for non-scientists on our genetic future. If you want a more scientifically written account you might want to read, "Redesigning Humans" by Gregory Stock.
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The author methodically lists the issues and addresses them. This book helped me to think through some of the issues that had not come up before.
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