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J Med Philos. 2011 Aug;36(4):364-74. doi: 10.1093/jmp/jhr031. Epub 2011 Sep 8.

Enhancement technologies and the modern self.

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Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, 410 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA. ellio023@umn.edu

Abstract

Many people feel uneasy about enhancement technologies, yet have a hard time explaining why. This unease is often less with the technologies themselves than about the desires and aspirations that they express. I suggest here that we can diagnose the source of that unease by looking at three themes that emerge in Taylor's writings about the making of the modern self: the importance of social recognition, the ethics of authenticity, and the rise of instrumental reason.

PMID:
21903906
DOI:
10.1093/jmp/jhr031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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