32. For Enhancing People

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Ronald Bailey

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch32

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Bailey, R. (2013) For Enhancing People, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch32

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • gene tyranny;
  • genetic engineering;
  • human;
  • immortality;
  • intellectual enhancement;
  • moral toleration;
  • physical enhancement;
  • politics

Summary

Critics of transhumanist goals have sometimes claimed that the technologies that enable human physical and intellectual enhancement undermine virtue. This chapter argues that enhancements will better enable people to flourish, that enhancements will not dissolve whatever existential crisis people feel, and that enhancements will enable people to become more virtuous, that is, enable them to be really good. It also argues that people who don't want enhancement for themselves should allow those of us who do to go forward without hindrance, that social concerns over an “enhancement divide” are largely illusory, and that we already have at hand the social “technology” that will enable the enhanced and the unenhanced to dwell together in peace. Other covered topics are the dangers of immortality, the politics of toleration, genetic engineering, gene tyranny, and moral toleration.