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Climate change, cooperation and moral bioenhancement

Handfield, T; Huang, PH; Simpson, RM; (2016) Climate change, cooperation and moral bioenhancement. Journal of Medical Ethics , 42 (11) pp. 742-747. 10.1136/medethics-2016-103593. Green open access

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Abstract

The human faculty of moral judgement is not well suited to address problems, like climate change, that are global in scope and remote in time. Advocates of 'moral bioenhancement' have proposed that we should investigate the use of medical technologies to make human beings more trusting and altruistic and hence more willing to cooperate in efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. We survey recent accounts of the proximate and ultimate causes of human cooperation in order to assess the prospects for bioenhancement. We identify a number of issues that are likely to be significant obstacles to effective bioenhancement, as well as areas for future research.

Type: Article
Title: Climate change, cooperation and moral bioenhancement
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103593
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2016-103593
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042899
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