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Mastery without mystery : why there is no Promethean sin in enhancement

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Several authors have suggested that we cannot fully grapple with the ethics of human enhancement unless we address neglected questions about our place in the world, questions that verge on theology but can be pursued independently of religion. A prominent example is Michael Sandel, who argues that the deepest objection to enhancement is that it expresses a Promethean drive to mastery which deprives us of openness to the unbidden and leaves us with nothing to affirm outside our own wills. Sand...

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10.1111/j.1468-5930.2011.00543.x

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Wellcome Trust
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WT087208MF
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing
Journal:
Journal of applied philosophy More from this journal
Volume:
28
Issue:
4
Pages:
355-368
Publication date:
2011-11-01
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EISSN:
1468-5930
ISSN:
0264-3758
Language:
English
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pubs:254279
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uuid:abae04f6-6aa5-4f2c-b9e8-38f510d04c56
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254279
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2013-09-24

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