Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement (Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics)

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Unfit for the Future argues that the future of our species depends on our urgently finding ways to bring about radical enhancement of the moral aspects of our own human nature. We have rewritten our own moral agenda by the drastic changes we have made to the conditions of life on earth. Advances in technology enable us to exercise an influence that extends all over the world and far into the future. But our moral psychology lags behind and leaves us ill equipped to deal with the challenges we now face. We need to change human moral motivation so that we pay more heed not merely to the global community, but to the interests of future generations. It is unlikely that traditional methods such as moral education or social reform alone can bring this about swiftly enough to avert looming disaster, which would undermine the conditions for worthwhile life on earth forever. Persson and Savulescu maintain that it is likely that we need to explore the use of new technologies of biomedicine to change the bases of human moral motivation. They argue that there are in principle no philosophical or moral objections to such moral bioenhancement. Unfit for the Future challenges us to rethink our attitudes to our own human nature, before it is too late.

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Ingmar Persson is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg, and Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.

Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Director of the Program on Ethics and the New Biosciences in the 21st Century School, University of Oxford.

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"This superb book consists of a sustained, logically constructed and convincing argument in favor of the modest claim that 'moral bioenhancement' geared toward expanding and refining our moral sense 'must be investigated and...perhaps deployed' (pp. 2 and 9)...a must-read for both the general population and the professional philosopher. Still another beautiful feature of this book is its easy movement from one fascinating, well-informed mini-essay to the next...I want to know, and I want my students to know, all of this stuff--and I know of no better source than this brilliant book to get us started." -- Journal of Moral Philosophy


"Persson and Savulescu's insights into human behavior demonstrate a novel way of describing the effects of sin that is rarely, if at all, found among Thomistic theologians." --National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly


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