Extending Human Lifespan and the Precautionary Paradox
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 2002 June; 27(3): 355-368
This paper argues that a precautionary approach to scientific progress of the sort advocated by Walter Glannon with respect to life- extending therapies involves both incoherence and irresolvable paradox. This paper demonstrates the incoherence of the precautionary approach in many circumstances and argues that with respect to life-extending therapies we have at present no persuasive reasons for a moratorium on such research.
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