Readership: Philosophers, bioethicists, political theorists, policymakers.
Ingmar Persson, University of Gothenburg, and Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford
Ingmar Persson is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg, and Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.
Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Director of the Program on Ethics and the New Biosciences in the 21st Century School, University of Oxford
"Persson and Savulescu have explored with rigor and insight a crucial, but disquieting question: Are the moral capacities of human beings sufficient to deal with the threats to their survival created by modern scientific technology? There are many criticisms of biomedical moral enhancement in the scholarly literature media, but Persson and Savulescu argue forcefully that they are unfounded and that such enhancement might be necessary for the survival of human civilization. One can only hope that this fine book will be widely read." - Allen Buchanan, Duke University
"I welcome this book's call for research into the full array of ways of making us morally better. The authors make a powerful case for saying that our current moral
endowment is not adequate for meeting the problems that the world faces." - Peter Singer, Princeton University
2: Human Nature and Common Sense Morality
3: Liberal Democracy
4: Catastrophic Misuses of Science
5: Responsibility for Omissions to Aid
6: The Tragedy of the Commons
7: The Tragedy of the Environment and Liberal Democracy
8: Authoritarianism and Democracy
9: Liberal Democracy and the End of History
10: Moral Enhancement as a Possible Way-Out