Different games of moral bioenhancement

Rakić, Vojin and Wiseman, Harris (2018) Different games of moral bioenhancement. Bioethics, 32 (2). pp. 103-110. ISSN 1467-8519

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Rakić has serious misgivings about Wiseman's inability to frame ethical issues in the context of transcending existing realities (the ‘is’) with the aim of achieving what we believe is morally right (the ‘ought’). This inability to think beyond the present is misguided in ethics. He also criticizes Wiseman for making the unimaginative and unsubstantiated assumption that moral bioenhancement (MBE) technologies have reached their zenith already. Rakić argues that MBE will become more effective in the time to come, that it ought to be optional for every free individual, and that it should be directed at enhancing our motivation to act in line with how we believe we ought to act. He concedes however that the enhancement of our motivation to act morally can only be effective in a limited number of morally unambiguous cases. In response, Wiseman argues that Rakić's reflections epitomize a way of articulating MBE that is unhelpful, misguidedly optimistic, and missing the most important things needing discussion. Such reflections are based on inappropriate metaphors, a too future‐oriented view detached from basic realities, and a false sense of what is possible on the global level should MBE be applied. Such ways of thinking about MBE are misguided from the outset, and indicative of the enthusiasm for a discourse in need of realignment. This should take the form of a more modest, synergistic outlook acutely aware of the inexorable limitations imposed on MBE by the internal complexity of moral goods, human agents, and the contexts in which moral action occurs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: context, current realities, ethics, future, is and ought, moral bioenhancement technologies
Institutional centre: Centre for philosophy
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 17:21
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2021 17:21
URI: http://iriss.idn.org.rs/id/eprint/519

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