Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits

2014.04.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Agar, Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits, MIT Press, 2014, 214pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.04.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Agar, Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits, MIT Press, 2014, 214pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262026635. Reviewed by Leonard M. Fleck, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University "This is the age of human enhancement" (1). So begins Nicholas Agar's most recent book. Agar wishes to distinguish what he labels "radical enhancement" from "moderate enhancement." Moderate enhancement improves attributes or abilities "to levels within or close to what is currently possible for human beings," while radical enhancement improves attributes or abilities "to levels that greatly exceed what is currently possible for human beings" (2). Agar sees himself as a strong critic of all forms of radical enhancement and accepting of some forms of moderate enhancement that yield what he refers to as "truly human. . .

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