The Ethics of Generating Posthumans: Philosophical and Theological Reflections on Bringing New Persons into Existence

The Ethics of Generating Posthumans: Philosophical and Theological Reflections on Bringing New Persons into Existence

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Overview

Is it possible, ethically speaking, to create posthuman and transhuman persons from a religious perspective? Who is responsible for post and transhuman creation? Can post and transhuman persons be morally accountable?

Addressing such pressing ethical questions around post and transhuman creation, this volume considers the philosophical and theological arguments that define and stimulate contemporary debate. Contributors consider the full implications of creating post and transhuman beings by highlighting the role of new technologies in shaping new forms of consciousness, as well as the role the generators of post and transhuman beings play in such creation. They ask, what the relative power of such generators is, both in terms of society and in terms of their relationship to their creations. Appreciating how the lived realities of such beings will be constructed and legitimised in contemporary society adds further breadth to the wide-ranging consequences of post and transhuman creation explored.

The collection's interdisciplinary approach traverses the philosophical writings of Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, alongside theological considerations from the Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions, inviting academics, faith leaders, policy makers, and practitioners to think through the ethical gamut of generating post and transhuman beings.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350216549
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/24/2022
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Calum MacKellar is Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Trevor Stammers is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary's University, London, UK.

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