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Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement

Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu


Most of their history human beings have lived in comparatively small and close‐knit societies, with a primitive technology that allowed them to affect only their most immediate environment. Their moral psychology is therefore adpated to make them fit to live in these conditions; it is myopic, restricted to a concern about kin and people in the neighbourhood in the immediate future. But by scientific technology humans have radically changed their living conditions, while their moral psychology has remained fundamentally the same through this change, which is occurring with an accelerating speed ... More

Keywords: climate change, environmental degradation, liberal democracy, moral enhancement, moral psychology, scientific technology, weapons of mass destruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653645
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ingmar Persson, author
University of Gothenburg

Julian Savulescu, author
University of Oxford