Genome Editing for Involuntary Moral Enhancement

Rakić, Vojin (2019) Genome Editing for Involuntary Moral Enhancement. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 28 (1). pp. 46-54. ISSN 0963-1801 eISSN 1469-2147

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During the previous years, voluntary moral bioenhancement (VMBE) has been contrasted to compulsory moral bioenhancement (CMBE). In this paper a third possible type of moral bioenhancement is discussed: genome editing for moral enhancement of the unborn that is neither voluntary nor compulsory, but involuntary. Involuntary moral bioenhancement (IMBE) might engineer people who will be more moral than they otherwise would have been. The possibilities of genome editing aimed at moral enhancement of our offspring is assessed. It is argued that genome editing might have the potential to engineer our offspring in three domains: to be more empathetic, to be less violently aggressive, and to have a higher potential for complex moral reflection. Genome editing is discussed in these three domains, and a proposal made that a combination of VMBE and IMBE might be the best option humans have to become better.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: genome editing, involuntary moral bioenhancement, voluntary moral bioenhancement, compulsory moral bioenhancement, empathy, violent aggression, moral reflection, freedom
Institutional centre: Centre for philosophy
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2020 22:25
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2023 13:10

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