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In Service to Others: A New Evolutionary Perspective on Human Enhancement

Desmond, Hugh (2021) In Service to Others: A New Evolutionary Perspective on Human Enhancement. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In enhancement ethics, evolutionary theory has been largely perceived as
supporting liberal views on enhancement, where decisions to enhance are
predominantly regulated by the principle of individual autonomy. In this
paper I critique this perception in light of recent scientific developments.
Cultural evolutionary theory suggests a picture where individual interests
are entangled with community interests, and this undermines the
applicability of the principle of autonomy. This is particularly relevant for
enhancement ethics, given how – I argue – decisions to enhance are often
influenced by desires to increase social status. The “service view on
enhancement”, based on principles of service and trust, is proposed as
offering better guidance for the challenges of social living.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Desmond, Hughhugh.desmond@uantwerpen.be0000-0002-4822-923X
Keywords: Enhancement; Liberalism; Evolution; Autonomy; Social Status; Trust; Service
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Hugh Desmond
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2021 03:51
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021 03:51
Item ID: 19755
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
Date: December 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19755

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