Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critique of the Little Alex Problem

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John Danaher
University College, Galway
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A common objection to moral enhancement is that it would undermine our moral freedom and that this is a bad thing because moral freedom is a great good. Michael Hauskeller has defended this view on a couple of occasions using an arresting thought experiment called the 'Little Alex' problem. In this paper, I reconstruct the argument Hauskeller derives from this thought experiment and subject it to critical scrutiny. I claim that the argument ultimately fails because (a) it assumes that moral freedom is an intrinsic good when, in fact, it is more likely to be an axiological catalyst; and (b) there are reasons to think that moral enhancement does not undermine moral freedom.
Keywords Enhancement  Moral Enhancement  Freedom  Autonomy  Non-domination
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DOI 10.1017/S1358246118000371
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