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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

Some Remarks on Moral Bioenhancement

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(p.120) 3.3 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Masahiro Morioka

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0013

Moral bioenhancement is an enhancement of morality by genetic or other biological means. These include pharmacological means as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation, deep-brain stimulation, genetic manipulation, and targeted optic stimulation. Julian Savulescu and colleagues have recently advocated that moral bioenhancement ought to be forced on all of us, but in this paper the author argues that compulsory moral bioenhancement is impossible and that if societal improvement is desired, improvement of social conditions would be easier and more effective. The author also argues that compulsory moral enhancement will lead to the exploitation of one group of people by another, and that enhancement of moral sensitivity is not always good.

Keywords:   Enhancement, gene technology, bioethics, medical ethics

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