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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

Moral Technology and the Concept of ‘the Self’

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(p.126) 3.4 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Tomohide Ibuki

Satoshi Kodama

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0014

The author argues that, in “Autonomy and the ethics of biological behaviour modification”, Savulescu, Douglas, and Persson are discussing the ethics of a technology for improving moral motivation and behaviour that does not yet exist and will most likely never exist. While they succeed in showing how behavioural modification might be compatible with freedom and autonomy – and perhaps even justifiable even if it were not — in the fantastic case they consider, there is little one can conclude from this about any technology of “moral bioenhancement” in the foreseeable future. Indeed, there is a real danger that their argument will license attempts to manipulate behaviour through drugs and brain implants, which raise profound moral issues that they barely mention.

Keywords:   Moral enhancement, ethics, drugs, freedom

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