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Enhancement Fit for Humanity
Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

ISBN 9781032073033
Published December 22, 2021 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.