David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Bioethics 22 (6):328–336 (2008)
In the near future, our society may develop a vast array of medical enhancements. There is a large debate about enhancements, and that debate has identified many possible harms. This paper describes a harm that has so far been overlooked. Because of some particular features of enhancements, we could come to place more value on them than we actually should. This over-valuation would lead us to devote time, energy, and resources to enhancements that could be better spent somewhere else. That mistake might not be trivial. By spending too much time, energy, and resources on enhancements, we could set back our pursuit of our deepest goals such as living happily and leading ethical lives.
|Keywords||meaning of life consumer rationality advertising enhancements technology|
|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
Thaddeus Metz (2002). Recent Work on the Meaning of Life. Ethics 112 (4):781-814..
John Martin Fischer (1999). Responsibility and Self-Expression. Journal of Ethics 3 (4):277-297.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ori Lev, Franklin G. Miller & Ezekiel J. Emanuel (2010). The Ethics of Research on Enhancement Interventions. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 20 (2):101-113.
Nicole Hassoun (2008). Nanotechnology, Enhancement, and Human Nature. NanoEthics 2 (3):289-304.
Barbro Fröding (2010). Cognitive Enhancement, Virtue Ethics and the Good Life. Neuroethics 4 (3):1-12.
Darren Shickle (2000). Are “Genetic Enhancements” Really Enhancements? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 9 (3):342-352.
Allen Buchanan (2008). Enhancement and the Ethics of Development. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 18 (1):pp. 1-34.
Lev Ori (2011). Will Biomedical Enhancements Undermine Solidarity, Responsibility, Equality and Autonomy? Bioethics 25 (4):177-184.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads11 ( #300,652 of 1,792,100 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #282,315 of 1,792,100 )
How can I increase my downloads?