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Moral hard-wiring and moral enhancement

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We have argued for an urgent need for moral bioenhancement; that human moral psychology is limited in its ability to address current existential threats due to the evolutionary function of morality to maximize cooperation in small groups.

We address here Powell and Buchanan's novel objection that there is an ‘inclusivist anomaly’: humans have the capacity to care beyond in-groups. They propose that ‘exclusivist’ (group-based) morality is sensitive to environmental cues that historic...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1111/bioe.12314

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Wellcome Trust
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Savulescu, J
Grant:
WT104848/Z/14/Z
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Bioethics More from this journal
Volume:
31
Issue:
4
Pages:
286-295
Publication date:
2017-03-16
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EISSN:
1467-8519
ISSN:
0269-9702
Pubs id:
pubs:686469
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uuid:0678badd-3e17-44b8-b5cf-74a75d2a9d05
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pubs:686469
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2017-03-21

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