Transhumanismus und die Metaphysik der menschlichen Person

Weir, Ralph (2018) Transhumanismus und die Metaphysik der menschlichen Person. In: Designobjekt Mensch: Die Agenda des Transhumanismus auf dem Prüfstand. Verlag Herder. ISBN 978-3-451-37851-5

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Transhumanism has gained attention in mainstream academia and the media at an impressive speed. It is supported by thinkers of considerable distinction. Its general impetus, to use technology to benefit humans as much as possible, is obviously appealing. Despite this, a very large number of people respond to transhumanism with scepticism, aversion and even disdain. This is puzzling. How could a movement that has so much going for it invoke such a negative reaction? This paper proposes an answer to this question. I propose that transhumanism invokes aversion, at least partly because it appears to promote practical judgements that do not satisfy normal standards for practical deliberation. These judgements fail to satisfy normal standards for practical deliberation because they depend on unreliable metaphysical presuppositions.

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Keywords:transhumanism, persons, metaphysics
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V520 Moral Philosophy
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V510 Metaphysics
Divisions:College of Arts
ID Code:33704
Deposited On:17 Oct 2018 10:29

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