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Enhancement Fit for Humanity
Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

Edited By

Michael Baggot

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ISBN 9781032073033
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 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

Preface: The Challenge of Imperfection

Introduction: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Humanity

Part I Scientific Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

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

2 Cognitive and Memory Neuroenhancement

3 Emotional Neuroenhancement: State of the Art and Future Perspectives

4 Enhancement and Doping in Sports

Part II Philosophical Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

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

6 For and Against Human Enhancement

7 Human Nature and the Philosophical Challenges of a Post-Human Society

8.Towards the Abolition of the Idea of Human Nature and the Ushering in of another "Advent of a New Man"

9 Healthier than Healthy: The Moral Case for Therapeutic Enhancements

10 Resisting the Temptations of Perfection

11 From Gender to Transgender and Transhumanism

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

Part III Social and Legal Perspectives on Emerging Technologies

13 Which Juridic Norms Should Regulate New Converging Technologies?

14 The Impact of Neurotechnologies on Human Rights and Justice

Part IV Religious Perspectives on Emerging Technologies and Transhumanism

15 Buddhist Reflections on the Development of Biotechnology

16 Islam and Transhumanism

17 Questions and Answers on Human Enhancement in the Jewish Tradition

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