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Tying oneself to the mast: One necessary cost to morally enhancing oneself biomedically

Rumbold, B; (2017) Tying oneself to the mast: One necessary cost to morally enhancing oneself biomedically. Bioethics , 31 (7) pp. 543-551. 10.1111/bioe.12362. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article I seek to establish what, if anything, might be morally troubling about morally enhancing oneself through biomedical means. Building on arguments by Harris, while simultaneously acknowledging several valid counter-arguments that have been put forth by his critics, I argue that taking BMEs necessarily incurs at least one moral cost in the restrictions they impose on our freedom. This does not necessarily entail that the use of BMEs cannot be overall justified, nor that, in certain cases, their costs may not be forestalled. It does show, however, that their use is not morally neutral. There is a cost to such technologies and, as such, the onus will always be on their defenders to show that these costs can compensated for.

Type: Article
Title: Tying oneself to the mast: One necessary cost to morally enhancing oneself biomedically
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12362
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12362
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.
Keywords: Agency; bioethics; biomedical moral enhancements; freedom; moral enhancement
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1559556
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