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Human Perfection and Contemporary Enhancement Technologies

Human Perfection and Contemporary Enhancement Technologies
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Author(s): Jesús Parra-Sáez (University of Murcia, Spain)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 21
Source title: Handbook of Research on Industrial Advancement in Scientific Knowledge
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Vicente González-Prida Diaz (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain & Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain) and Jesus Pedro Zamora Bonilla (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7152-0.ch005

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Abstract

Human perfection has been one of the main objectives of the human species since the appearance of Homo sapiens, but contemporary biomedical technologies represent a promise to achieve it in the near future. In view of the new possibilities offered by new technologies, a scientific-philosophical theoretical debate has emerged between those who are in favor of its use on humanity for non-therapeutic purposes (posthumanists) and those who reject it (bioconservatives). In this chapter, the so-called “enhancement technologies,” the problems derived from their use with the aim of radically altering human abilities, and some of the most recent practical cases that have transcended the theoretical debate about their legitimacy are analyzed.

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