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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: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,576 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dpmartin on April 1, 2013
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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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1 of 2 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kclam on July 25, 2014
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Cognitive enhancement drugs are only part of the story of biomedical enhancement and they are already readily available. There are ethical dilemmas and great controversies with biomedical enhancements.

This book demystifies biomedical enhancements and argues that it is right to use biomedical technologies to make us better because our species has many biological design flaws. We have to be on the lookout for tight biological connections that might be disrupted by our enhancement interventions. The risks should not be underestimated and biomedical enhancements should proceed responsibly. In addition, government subsidization may ease some of the implementation problems.
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0 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lee Lee on December 6, 2012
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Ok, what could I say, I took a course in college and needed it for class. Nothing special would not of bought it otherwise
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