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Delft Colloquium with Guy Kahane: Normal human variation and human enhancement

13 May 2013 @ 15:30 - 17:00

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Announcement: colloquium with Guy Kahane from Oxford (http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/members/research_staff/guy_kahane) Organized by the Technical University of Delft, in collaboration with the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology Monday May 13, 3.30-5PM (Delft) DELFT COLLOQUIUM: Normal human variation and human enhancement ABSTRACT: In this talk I will point out several mistakes that are commonly made in the debate about biomedical enhancement, mistakes that are made even by some supporters of enhancement. I will illustrate these mistakes by reference to John Harris’s recent criticism of…
Announcement: colloquium with Guy Kahane from Oxford (http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/members/research_staff/guy_kahane) Organized by the Technical University of Delft, in collaboration with the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology Monday May 13, 3.30-5PM (Delft) DELFT COLLOQUIUM: Normal human variation and human enhancement ABSTRACT: In this talk I will point out several mistakes that are commonly made in the debate about biomedical enhancement, mistakes that are made even by some supporters of enhancement. I will illustrate these mistakes by reference to John Harris’s recent criticism of pharmacological moral enhancement. One upshot of the argument I will develop is that many considerations that are presented as powerful objections to enhancement are really strong considerations in favor of biomedical enhancement, just in a different direction. Another upshot is that it is unfortunate that much of the current debate focuses on interventions that might radically transform normal human capacities. Such interventions are unlikely to be available in the near future, and may not even be feasible. But the enhancement project can still have a radical impact on human life even if biomedical enhancement operated entirely within the normal human range. The colloquium is free and open to all interested persons. However, space is limited, so please contact Neelke Doorn (N.Doorn@tudelft.nl) if you wish to attend the colloquium.

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13 May 2013
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15:30 - 17:00
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TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
Delft, The Netherlands
Delft, South Holland The Netherlands

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Neelke Doorn
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Announcement: colloquium with Guy Kahane from Oxford (http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/members/research_staff/guy_kahane)

Organized by the Technical University of Delft, in collaboration with the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology
Monday May 13, 3.30-5PM (Delft)

DELFT COLLOQUIUM: Normal human variation and human enhancement

ABSTRACT: In this talk I will point out several mistakes that are
commonly made in the debate about biomedical enhancement, mistakes
that are made even by some supporters of enhancement. I will
illustrate these mistakes by reference to John Harris’s recent
criticism of pharmacological moral enhancement. One upshot of the
argument I will develop is that many considerations that are presented
as powerful objections to enhancement are really strong considerations
in favor of biomedical enhancement, just in a different direction.
Another upshot is that it is unfortunate that much of the current
debate focuses on interventions that might radically transform normal
human capacities. Such interventions are unlikely to be available in
the near future, and may not even be feasible. But the enhancement
project can still have a radical impact on human life even if
biomedical enhancement operated entirely within the normal human
range.

The colloquium is free and open to all
interested persons. However, space is limited, so please contact
Neelke Doorn (N.Doorn@tudelft.nl) if you wish to attend the colloquium.

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