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1st Edition

Bioethics and the Posthumanities

Edited By

Danielle Sands

ISBN 9780367897208
Published March 2, 2022 by Routledge
142 Pages

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Book Description

This interdisciplinary volume explores how posthumanist approaches can illuminate current issues in bioethics and considers the relevance of these issues for the humanities, including questions of autonomy and authorship, and notions of ethical and juridical responsibility in the context of a changing understanding of subjectivity.

With contributions from a variety of areas, including literature, philosophy, media, and policy-making, the book outlines the historical and philosophical development of posthumanism, and current key questions in bioethics. It generates a dialogue between bioethical approaches and the posthumanities, identifying ways in which posthumanist scholarship might be used to inform bioethical policy.

The book also looks more speculatively at the future, and the potential implications of technological developments which are only beginning to emerge. It uses posthumanism to look critically at the humanism underpinning de-extinction science, considers the ways in which technology is re-framing our social and political imaginaries, and asks about the identification of future posthumans.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Encounters between Bioethics and the Posthumanities

Danielle Sands

PART I: Bioethical Challenges

  1. Therapy, Enhancement, and the Social Model of Disability
  2. Michael Wee

  3. Rethinking the Posthuman in Bioethics
  4. David Boden and Sarah Chan

  5. Gen-ethics, Policy and the Posthumanities 
  6. Ruth Chadwick

    PART II: Bioethics and Posthumanism in Dialogue

  7. Questioning the Politics of Human Enhancement Technologies
  8. Tom Hobson and Anna Roessing

  9. Biohumanities
  10. Stefan Herbrechter

  11. Autonomous: Bioethics and/as Intellectual Property
  12. Megen de Bruin-Molé

    PART III: Exploring Posthuman Futures

  13. A Posthumanist Critique of De-Extinction Science
  14. Sarah Bezan

  15. Posthumanism and the Bioethics of Moral Responsibility

    Matt Hayler
  16. The Filter Problem for Posthuman Bioethics: The Case of Hyperagency

          David Roden

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Danielle Sands is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London.