Reshaping Human Intelligence: The Debate about Genetic Enhancement of Cognitive Functions

Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 16 (2):165-181 (2010)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Given the technical feasibility, not only scientists but also moral philosophers approve of an intervention in the genetic basis of our intellectual dispositions. Among the features not related to illnesses, intelligence seems to be an especially promising candidate for genetic enhancement, for intelligence is valued in every culture. The paper presents some of the arguments for and against genetic enhancement of intelligence. The author analyses what kind of good increased intelligence is: an instrumental good for the wellbeing of mankind, a positional good for a given society or an individual, or something that is appreciated by the individual subject because of the positive experience the subject has by making use of it. Since such experiences are not bad in themselves the means of genetic enhancement have to be assessed and compared with accepted practices like education. The author comes to the conclusion that there are morally significant differences between genetic enhancement and accepted practices to enhance intelligence

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,528

External links

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

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Can human genetic enhancement be prohibited?William Gardner - 1995 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (1):65-84.
The wisdom of caution: Genetic enhancement and future children.Jason Borenstein - 2009 - Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (4):517-530.
Genetic enhancement: Plan now to act later.Maxwell J. Mehlman - 2005 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15 (1):77-82.
Genetic Enhancement, Human Nature, and Rights.T. Mcconnell - 2010 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (4):415-428.
Moral enhancement and freedom.John Harris - 2010 - Bioethics 25 (2):102-111.
Germ-line genetic enhancement and Rawlsian primary goods.Fritz Allhoff - 2005 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 15 (1):39-56.
Genetic Enhancement and Moral Attitudes Toward the Given.Terrance Mcconnell - 2011 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 28 (4):369-380.
Making human better and making better humans.Mairi Levitt & Fiona K. O'Neill - 2010 - Genomics, Society and Policy 6 (1):1-14.
Genetic Enhancement and Parental Obligation.Larry A. Herzberg - 2007 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 14 (2):98-111.

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-02-20

Downloads
234 (#76,449)

6 months
5 (#241,340)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Genethics: Moral Issues in the Creation of People.David Heyd - 1992 - University of California Press.
Can Enhancement Be Distinguished from Prevention in Genetic Medicine?Eric T. Juengst - 1997 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 22 (2):125-142.
Can human genetic enhancement be prohibited?William Gardner - 1995 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (1):65-84.

Add more references