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Beyond Humanity?: The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement (Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics) Hardcover – April 8, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0199587810 ISBN-10: 0199587817 Edition: 1st
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an important book worth reading independent of one's views about the topic. It is well argued, clearly written, and presents a comprehensive analysis of the relevant key questions in the debate. To my knowledge this volume is the most wide-ranging exploration on human enhancement, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get a good grasp of the current debate. Both camps, bioconservatives and anti-anti-enhancement/pro-enhancement people, will benefit from the arguments Buchanan advances. Fabrice Jotterand, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews a remarkable book that argues in favour of biomedical enhancement ... this book is admirable for its rich inventory of new ideas and its unmerciful criticism of the all-too-convenient arguments which abound in the usual ethical literature. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everybody interested in bioethics Christoph Henning, Journal of Critical Realism A level-headed discussiion of ethical issues raised by prospects of biotechnological enhancement... A great deal of rhetoric is thrown about. What we need, and what the author brings, is clarity, dividing his analysis into eight sections on character, human nature, consequences, justice, potential abuses and the rish of a new eugenics. scimednet.org

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Allen E. Buchanan is Professor of Philosophy at Duke University
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  • Series: Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199587817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199587810
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anomaly on October 20, 2011
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Allen Buchanan's latest book, Beyond Humanity, is a refreshingly subtle, biologically informed defense of biomedical enhancement. Buchanan distinguishes himself from conservatives like Leon Kass and Michael Sandel, who decry the use of medicine to improve our existing capacities, but who tepidly embrace it to treat disease.

An often neglected aspect of enhancement, Buchanan argues, is that people with improved capacities can benefit other people as well as themselves. Since free markets facilitate the division of labor and diffusion of ideas, a world with more people who have the creative capacity of Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs is a world in which many people can be made better off without worsening the lot of others. Moreover, Buchanan argues, some enhancements have network effects, so that as more people acquire them, more people benefit (48).

An example is a well-functioning immune system. People with poorly functioning (but not necessarily diseased) immune systems are not only more likely to be infected with pathogenic microbes, they are also more likely to spread them to others. By contrast, when more people have immunity to a particular pathogen (whether the immunity is produced through vaccination, genetic mutation, or gene therapy) everyone is better off. This is because the probability of contracting a transmissible disease is often related to the number of people infected. When this is true, those with poorly functioning immune systems benefit from other people's immuno-enhancements nearly as much as they themselves do, and the benefits to the unenhanced increase exponentially with the number and quality of others people's enhancements.

Of course, not all enhancements are like this.
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