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dc.creatorBuchanan, Allenen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-12T18:21:26Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-12T18:21:26Zen
dc.date.created2008-03en
dc.date.issued2008-03en
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationKennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 2008 March; 18(1): 1-34en
dc.identifier.urihttp://xr8el9yb8v.search.serialssolutions.com/?version=1.0&url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:journal&atitle=Enhancement+and+the+ethics+of+development&title=Kennedy+Institute+of+Ethics+Journal&volume=18&issue=1&date=20080300&au=Buchanan,+Allenen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10822/512648en
dc.description.abstractMuch of the debate about the ethics of enhancement has proceeded according to two framing assumptions. The first is that although enhancement carries large social risks, the chief benefits of enhancement are to those who are enhanced (or their parents, in the case of enhancing the traits of children). The second is that, because we now understand the wrongs of state-driven eugenics, enhancements, at least in liberal societies, will be personal goods, chosen or not chosen in a market for enhancement services. This article argues that both framing assumptions must be rejected, once it is understood that some enhancements--especially those that are most likely to garner resources and become widespread--will increase human productivity. Once one appreciates the productivity-increasing potential of enhancements, one can begin to see that enhancement need not be primarily a zero sum affair, that the social costs of forgoing enhancements may be great, and that the state may well take an interest in facilitating biomedical enhancements, just as it does in facilitating education and other productivity-increasing traditional enhancements. Appreciating the productivity-increasing potential of enhancements also makes it possible to view the enhancement debate in a new light, through the lens of the ethics of development.en
dc.formatArticleen
dc.languageengen
dc.source314850en
dc.subjectChildrenen
dc.subjectEducationen
dc.subjectEthicsen
dc.subjectEugenicsen
dc.subjectParentsen
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophical Ethicsen
dc.subject.classificationValue / Quality of Lifeen
dc.subject.classificationEnhancementen
dc.subject.classificationScience, Technology, and Societyen
dc.subject.classificationSociology of Health Careen
dc.subject.classificationAllocation of Health Care Resourcesen
dc.subject.classificationEugenicsen
dc.titleEnhancement and the ethics of developmenten
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