Enhancement und Identität 978-3-16-150518-8 - Mohr Siebeck
Philosophy

Thomas Runkel

Enhancement und Identität

Die Idee einer biomedizinischen Verbesserung des Menschen als normative Herausforderung

[Enhancement and Identity. The Idea of a Biomedical Improvement of Human Beings as a Normative Challenge.]

2010. XV, 310 pages.
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ISBN 978-3-16-150518-8
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Published in German.
»Enhancement« is the term used to describe biomedical interventions, increasingly in demand, aimed at improving physical characteristics such as endurance or attractiveness as well as cognitive abilities or the state of mind. Is it however ethically acceptable or justifiable to interfere in this »optimizing« manner with the bodily integrity of an individual?
»Enhancement« is the term used to describe biomedical interventions, increasingly in demand, aimed at improving physical characteristics such as endurance or attractiveness as well as cognitive abilities or the state of mind. Is it however ethically acceptable or justifiable to interfere in this »optimizing« manner with the bodily integrity of an individual? This question leads the author to focus on a basic philosophical aspect: the identity of an existing (or future) human being who would like to undergo such an intervention (or whose genome has been altered before birth). What is the normative significance of enhancement for existence throughout time, for the socially constituted personality as well as the self-conception of human beings? The author deals with these questions pertaining to personal autonomy and the good life.
Authors/Editors

Thomas Runkel Geboren 1971; Studium der Philosophie und Physik; 2000–09 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik an der Universität Bonn; 2008 Promotion an der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Bonn; derzeit tätig als selbständiger Autor und freier Publizist in Köln.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Das Argument — 296 (2012), S. 259–260 (Elisabeth List)
In: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger — 65 (2012), S. 339–376 (Kurt Bayertz, Birgit Beck,Barbara Stroop)