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Cognitive Enhancement and the Threat of Inequality

Veit, Walter (2018) Cognitive Enhancement and the Threat of Inequality. [Preprint]

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As scientific progress approaches the point where significant human enhancements could become reality, debates arise whether such technologies should be made available. This paper evaluates the widespread concern that human enhancements will inevitably accentuate existing inequality and analyzes whether prohibition is the optimal public policy to avoid this outcome. Beyond these empirical questions, this paper considers whether the inequality objection is a sound argument against the set of enhancements most threatening to equality, i.e. cognitive enhancements. In doing so, I shall argue that cognitive enhancements can be embraced wholeheartedly, for three separate reasons. However, though the inequality objection does not sufficiently support the conclusion that cognitive enhancements should be prohibited, it raises several concerns for optimal policy design that shall be addressed here.


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Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: Human enhancement, cognitive enhancement, modafinil, genetic engineering, inequality, eugenics, capitalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 03:25
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 03:25
Item ID: 16446
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16446

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