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E-LOGOS
ELECTRONIC JOURNAL FOR PHILOSOPHY - ISSN 1211-0442

Human Enhancement Technologies, Transhumanism and Religion (2009)


Author: A. Saniotis

Affiliation: Discipline of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, the University of Adelaide.

Article type: Standard scientific article

Section: Biocosmology (neo-Aristotelism)

Language: language


Abstract (english):

The advent of new bio-technologies has heralded the growth of the philosophy called transhumanism. Transhumanism is a school of thought which contends that future humans will be radically different due to technological forays into the human body and brain. However, transhumanism has yet to answer human rights concerns by ethicists and philosophers. To what extent will the emergence of human enhancement technologies change human societies and the way in which we define our humanity? On what grounds does the development of human enhancement technologies pose a threat to human rights? Such questions demand the emergence of a wisdom ethic which will hopefully be promulgated by the world’s religions. The use of a wisdom ethic may also be enjoined by scientists in their engagement with theologians and laypeople who are uneasy with biotechnologies and needing to become better informed.



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