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Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing, and a Habit of Thinking

Erik Parens


For more than two decades, Erik Parens has participated in the debates about using technologies like surgery and pharmacology to shape our selves—debates that have at their core no less than the question, What does it mean for human beings to flourish? Based on his experience, he has written a book to help people who are new to bioethics to understand, better than he did when he started out, what such debates actually entail. They entail more than the exchange of impartial reasons. They also entail efforts by critics of and enthusiasts about technologically shaping selves to justify their own ... More

Keywords: enhancement, authenticity, normalization, intuition, reason, disability, bioethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780190211745
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211745.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Parens, author
The Hastings Center