State neutrality and the ethics of human enhancement technologies

AJOB 1 (2):41-48 (2010)

Abstract

Robust technological enhancement of core cognitive capacities is now a realistic possibility. From the perspective of neutralism, the view that justifications for public policy should be neutral between reasonable conceptions of the good, only members of a subset of the ethical concerns serve as legitimate justifications for public policy regarding robust technological enhancement. This paper provides a framework for the legitimate use of ethical concerns in justifying public policy decisions regarding these enhancement technologies by evaluating the ethical concerns that arise in the context of testing such technologies on nonhuman animals. Traditional issues in bioethics, as well as novel concerns such as the possibility of moral status enhancement, are evaluated from the perspective of neutralism.

Download options

PhilArchive

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-07-21

Downloads
623 (#13,672)

6 months
37 (#23,536)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

John Basl
Northeastern University

References found in this work

The Case for Animal Rights.Tom Regan & Mary Midgley - 1986 - The Personalist Forum 2 (1):67-71.
Political Liberalism by John Rawls. [REVIEW]Philip Pettit - 1994 - Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):215-220.
Animal Liberation.Bill Puka & Peter Singer - 1977 - Philosophical Review 86 (4):557.
The Case for Animal Rights.Tom Regan - 1985 - Human Studies 8 (4):389-392.

View all 25 references / Add more references

Citations of this work

Is Human Enhancement Also a Personal Matter?Vincent Menuz, Thierry Hurlimann & Béatrice Godard - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (1):161-177.
Rawlsian “Neutrality” and Enhancement Technologies.Richard H. Dees - 2010 - American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 1 (2):54-55.
Cognitive Enhancement to Overcome Laziness: Ethically Wrong or Just Stupid?Robert Ranisch - 2015 - American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 6 (1):42-43.
Interrogating the Boundary of Human-Level and T Moral Status.Andrew Fenton & Timothy Krahn - 2010 - American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 1 (2):61-63.

View all 13 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Cognitive Enhancement: Methods, Ethics, Regulatory Challenges. [REVIEW]Nick Bostrom - 2009 - Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (3):311-341.
Is Human Enhancement Also a Personal Matter?Vincent Menuz, Thierry Hurlimann & Béatrice Godard - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (1):161-177.
In Defense of Posthuman Dignity.Nick Bostrom - 2005 - Bioethics 19 (3):202–214.
Genetics, Bioethics and Sport.Andy Miah - 2007 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1 (2):146 – 158.