David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Medicine Studies 1 (3):209-228 (2009)
Anti-aging medicine has emerged in the past two decades as both a medical practice and scientific objective largely aimed at intervening into the process of aging itself rather than its “associated” diseases. This has provoked a both excitement and concern in bioethical deliberations on the meaning and potential impact of an effective intervention. In this article, I examine the different ways in which bioethicists, other social scientists, and anti-aging proponents frame anti-aging goals, in particular, the construction of immortality as its implicit and explicit aim. This research is based upon over 9 years of anthropological, ethnographic interview- and observation-based research in the field and draws substantially from the US President’s Council on Bioethics’ deliberations on this topic as well as from interview data and other publications/discussion on anti-aging medicine. I argue that while the framework of life and death provide the primary structure for many bioethical and social science critiques of anti-aging medicine, many if not most anti-aging practitioners, researchers, and advocates employ the alternative structure of health and pain to orient their work. These divergent orientations of life/death and health/pain beget competing conversations around anti-aging medicine; including voices from the front lines of anti-aging practice complicate bioethical critiques and ultimately beg different questions. Positioning the painful, physiological decline of aging as the ultimate adversary rather than death challenges traditional models of biomedical intervention based on “nature” and “disease” constructions
|Keywords||Anti-aging medicine Death Immortality Health Pain President’s Council on Bioethics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Francis Fukuyama (2002). [Book Review] Our Posthuman Future, Consequences of the Biotechnological Revolution. [REVIEW] Philosophical Explorations 32 (6):39-40.
Steven Horrobin (2006). Immortality, Human Nature, the Value of Life and the Value of Life Extension. Bioethics 20 (6):279–292.
K. Knorr-Cetina (1981). The Manufacture of Knowledge: An Essay on the Constructivist and Contextual Nature of Science. Pergamon Press.
Bruno Latour & Steven Woolgar (1986). Laboratory Life; The Construction of Scientific Facts. Princeton University Press.
Tiago Moreira & Paolo Palladino (2008). Squaring the Curve: The Anatomo-Politics of Ageing, Life and Death. Body and Society 14 (3):21-47.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Dylan Ronald Tomlinson & Winston Trew (eds.) (2002). Equalising Opportunities, Minimising Oppression: A Critical Review of Anti-Discriminatory Policies in Health and Social Welfare. Routledge.
Berit Brogaard & Joe Salerno (2005). Antirealism, Theism and the Conditional Fallacy. Noûs 39 (1):123–139.
Lawrence E. Johnson (2010). A Life-Centered Approach to Bioethics: Biocentric Ethics. Cambridge University Press.
Antje Kampf & Lynn Botelho (2009). Anti-Aging and Biomedicine: Critical Studies on the Pursuit of Maintaining, Revitalizing and Enhancing Aging Bodies. [REVIEW] Medicine Studies 1 (3):187-195.
Timothy F. Murphy (1986). A Cure for Aging? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 11 (3):237-255.
Aaron J. Cotnoir (2010). Anti-Symmetry and Non-Extensional Mereology. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):396-405.
Nicolas Bommarito (2010). Rationally Self-Ascribed Anti-Expertise. Philosophical Studies 151 (3):413-19.
Brent M. Kious (2008). Philosophy on Steroids: Why the Anti-Doping Position Could Use a Little Enhancement. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29 (4):213-234.
Erich Kofmel (ed.) (2008). Anti-Democratic Thought. Imprint Academic.
Christopher Tollefsen (2000). What Would John Dewey Do? The Promises and Perils of Pragmatic Bioethics. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 (1):77 – 106.
William Child (2007). Dreaming, Calculating, Thinking: Wittgenstein and Anti-Realism About the Past. Philosophical Quarterly 57 (227):252–272.
Andy Miah & Alexandre Mauron (2007). Current Anti-Doping Policy: A Critical Appraisal. [REVIEW] BMC Medical Ethics 8 (1):1-10.
Charles Tandy (ed.) (2010). Death And Anti-Death, Volume 7: Nine Hundred Years After St. Anselm (1033-1109. Ria University Press.
R. Michael Perry (2009). Death and Anti-Death, Volume 7: Nine Hundred Years After St. Anselm (1033-1109). Ria University Press.
Robert G. Hudson (2009). Faint-Hearted Anti-Realism and Knowability. Philosophia 37 (3):511-523.
Added to index2011-11-26
Total downloads4 ( #259,127 of 1,102,965 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #297,509 of 1,102,965 )
How can I increase my downloads?