Sagar Sanyal University of Melbourne

  • Research staff, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, Canterbury University, 2009.

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I received my doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2009. My philosophical interest is primarily in institutions that perpetuate various global injustices. I endeavor to base my research in empirical and multi-disciplinary works. I am currently a Research Fellow for CAPPE at the University of Melbourne, looking at the area of humanitarian intervention.
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  1. Steve Clarke, Julian Savulescu, Tony Coady, Alberto Giubilini & Sagar Sanyal (eds.) (2016). The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate. Oxford University Press Uk.
    We humans can enhance some of our mental and physical abilities above the normal upper limits for our species with the use of particular drug therapies and medical procedures. We will be able to enhance many more of our abilities in more ways in the near future. Some commentators have welcomed the prospect of wide use of human enhancement technologies, while others have viewed it with alarm, and have made clear that they find human enhancement morally objectionable. The Ethics of (...)
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    Sagar Sanyal (2016). Biomedical Enhancement and Social Development: A Conservative Techno‐Fix. Bioethics 30 (8).
    Allen Buchanan has argued for a linking of the ethics of human enhancement to the ethics of development more generally. The promise of the ‘enhancement enterprise' is that it may help develop society, just as other technological advances have in the past. He proposes a framework of intellectual property rights, government action to ensure the poor can access the enhancements, an international organization to administer the diffusion of new enhancement technologies from the West to poor countries, and the diffusion within (...)
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    Alberto Giubilini & Sagar Sanyal (2015). The Ethics of Human Enhancement. Philosophy Compass 10 (4):233-243.
    Ethical debate surrounding human enhancement, especially by biotechnological means, has burgeoned since the turn of the century. Issues discussed include whether specific types of enhancement are permissible or even obligatory, whether they are likely to produce a net good for individuals and for society, and whether there is something intrinsically wrong in playing God with human nature. We characterize the main camps on the issue, identifying three main positions: permissive, restrictive and conservative positions. We present the major sub-debates and lines (...)
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    Sagar Sanyal (2014). Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits, by Nicholas Agar. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (2):407-407.
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    Sagar Sanyal (2012). A Defense of Democratic Egalitarianism. Journal of Philosophy 109 (7):413-434.
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  6. Sagar Sanyal (2009). Political Equality and Global Poverty: An Alternative Egalitarian Approach to Distributive Justice. Dissertation, University of Canterbury
    I argue that existing views in the political equality debate are inadequate. I propose an alternative approach to equality and argue its superiority to the competing approaches. I apply the approach to some issues in global justice relating to global poverty and to the inability of some countries to develop as they would like. In this connection I discuss institutions of international trade, sovereign debt and global reserves and I focus particularly on the WTO, IMF and World Bank.
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  7. Sagar Sanyal (2009). US Military and Covert Action and Global Justice. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (2):213-234.
    US military intervention and covert action is a significant contributor to global injustice. Discussion of this contributor to global injustice is relatively common in social justice movements. Yet it has been ignored by the global justice literature in political philosophy. This paper aims to fill this gap by introducing the topic into the global justice debate. While the global justice debate has focused on inter-national and supra-national institutions, I argue that an adequate analysis of US military and covert action must (...)
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