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Human freedom and enhancement


Heilinger, Jan-Christoph; Crone, Katja (2014). Human freedom and enhancement. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 17(1):13-21.

Abstract

Ideas about freedom and related concepts like autonomy and self-determination play a prominent role in the moral debate about human enhancement interventions. However, there is not a single understanding of freedom available, and arguments referring to freedom are simultaneously used to argue both for and against enhancement interventions. This gives rise to misunderstandings and polemical arguments. The paper attempts to disentangle the different distinguishable concepts, classifies them and shows how they relate to one another in order to allow for a more structured and clearer debate. It concludes in identifying the individual underpinnings and the social conditions of choice and decision-making as particularly salient dimensions of freedom in the ethical debate about human enhancement.

Abstract

Ideas about freedom and related concepts like autonomy and self-determination play a prominent role in the moral debate about human enhancement interventions. However, there is not a single understanding of freedom available, and arguments referring to freedom are simultaneously used to argue both for and against enhancement interventions. This gives rise to misunderstandings and polemical arguments. The paper attempts to disentangle the different distinguishable concepts, classifies them and shows how they relate to one another in order to allow for a more structured and clearer debate. It concludes in identifying the individual underpinnings and the social conditions of choice and decision-making as particularly salient dimensions of freedom in the ethical debate about human enhancement.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Education, Health(social science)
Language:English
Date:1 February 2014
Deposited On:23 Jul 2019 14:38
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:38
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1386-7423
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-013-9479-z
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencespringer101007s110190139479z (Library Catalogue)

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