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Cohen's conservatism and human enhancement

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In an intriguing essay, G. A. Cohen has defended a conservative bias in favour of existing value. In this paper, we consider whether Cohen's conservatism raises a new challenge to the use of human enhancement technologies. We develop some of Cohen's suggestive remarks into a new line of argument against human enhancement that, we believe, is in several ways superior to existing objections. However, we shall argue that on closer inspection, Cohen's conservatism fails to offer grounds for a str...

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10.1007/s10892-013-9151-0

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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University of Oxford
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HUMS
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Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Wellcome Trust
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WT087208MF
WT086041/Z/08/Z
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Journal:
Journal of Ethics More from this journal
Volume:
17
Issue:
4
Pages:
331-354
Publication date:
2013-12-01
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1572-8609
ISSN:
1382-4554
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pubs:443422
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uuid:fbc21060-ca2b-43a7-81f6-233829675da3
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443422
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2016-01-12

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