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Truly human enhancement : a philosophical defense of limits

Author: Nicholas Agar
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, ©2014.
Series: Basic bioethics.
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The transformative potential of genetic and cybernetic technologies to enhance human capabilities is most often either rejected on moral and prudential grounds or hailed as the future salvation of humanity. In this book, Nicholas Agar offers a more nuanced view, making a case for moderate human enhancement--improvements to attributes and abilities that do not significantly exceed what is currently possible for human  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Agar
ISBN: 9780262026635 0262026635
OCLC Number: 981444163
Description: xvi, 214 p. : ilustraciones ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Basic bioethics.
Responsibility: Nicholas Agar.

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A nuanced discussion of human enhancement that argues for enhancement that does not significantly exceed what is currently possible for human beings.  Read more...

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