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Neoliberalising bioethics: Bias, enhancement and economistic ethics

Birch, Kean (2008) Neoliberalising bioethics: Bias, enhancement and economistic ethics. Genomics, Society and Policy, 4 (2). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1746-5354

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Abstract

In bioethics there is an ongoing debate about the ethical case for human enhancement through new biomedical technologies. In this debate there are both supporters and opponents of human enhancement technologies such as genetic improvements of cognitive abilities (eg, intelligence). The supporters argue that human enhancement will lead to healthier and therefore better lives, meaning that any delays to the introduction of such technologies is problematic. In contrast, the opponents argue that new technologies will not solve problems such as inequality and social justice. In order to overcome opposition to human enhancement, Bostrom and Ord have outlined a test to evaluate ethical arguments for 'status quo bias' or what they call 'intuitive judgements' in the assessment of human enhancement. This article is a response to their paper in which I raise a number of problems with their position, particularly with their 'status quo bias' test and the incorporation of economistic thinking into their ethical arguments.

Item type: Article
ID code: 25815
Keywords: neoliberalism, bioethics, transhumanism, economistic ethics, Ethics, Sociology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Ethics
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Geography
Depositing user: Dr Kean Birch
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2010 12:18
Last modified: 15 Apr 2015 17:48
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/25815

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