1st Edition

Enhancement Fit for Humanity Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores what constitutes an enhancement fit for humanity in the age of nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, information technologies, and technologies related to the cognitive sciences. It considers the influence of emergent technology upon our understanding of human nature and the impact on future generations. Drawing on the Catholic tradition, in particular, the book gathers international contributions from scientific, philosophical, legal, and religious perspectives. Together they offer a positive step in an ongoing dialogue regarding the promises and perils of emergent technology for man’s integral human development.

    Part 1 Scientific Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

    1 Emerging and Converging Technologies: The State of the Art in Therapeutics

    Francisco José Ballesta

    2 Cognitive and Memory Neuroenhancement

    Mirko Daniel Garasic

    3 Is Neuroenhancement Ethical or Unethical?: An Open Issue

    Donatella Marazziti and Federico Mucci

    4 Enhancement and Doping in Sports

    Simona Pichini

    Part 2 Philosophical Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

    5 Anthropological and Neuroethical Elements of the Pursuit of Neurocybernetic Immortality in the Global 2045 Initiative

    Alberto Carrara

    6 For and Against Human Enhancement

    Laura Palazzant

    7 Human Nature and the Philosophical Challenges of a Posthuman Society

    Louis Melahn

    8 Toward the Abolition of the Idea of Human Nature and the Ushering in of Another "Advent of a New Man"

    Elena Postigo Solana

    9 Healthier Than Healthy: The Moral Case for Therapeutic Enhancements

    Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco

    10 Resisting the Temptations of Perfection

    Joseph Tham

    11 From Gender to Transgender and Transhumanism

    Francesco Giordano

    12 A Thomistic Assessment of Contemporary Transhumanism as a Postmodern, Secular, Liberal Movement

    Michael Baggot

    Part 3 Social and Legal Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

    13 Which Juridic Norms Should Regulate New Converging Technologies?

    Stefano Semplici

    14 The Impact of Neurotechnologies on Human Rights and Justice

    Alberto García Gómez and Chiara Ariano

    Part 4 Religious Perspectives on Emerging Technologies and Transhumanism

    15 Buddhist Reflections on the Development of Biotechnology

    Maria Angela Falà

    16 Islam and Transhumanism

    Ilhamallah Chiara Ferrero

    17 Questions and Answers on Human Enhancement in the Jewish Tradition

    Mirko Daniel Garasic


    Michael Baggot is Assistant Professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.

    Alberto García Gómez is Pro-Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights.

    Alberto Carrara is Coordinator of the Italian Research Group in Neurobioethics in Rome, Italy.

    Joseph Tham is Professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.