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Virtue Ethics and Human Enhancement


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 1-7
  3. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 9-22
  4. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 23-29
  5. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 31-42
  6. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 43-60
  7. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 61-66
  8. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 67-82
  9. Barbro Fröding
    Pages 83-85

About this book


This book shows how pressing issues in bioethics – e.g. the ownership of biological material and human cognitive enhancement – successfully can be discussed with in a virtue ethics framework. This is not intended as a complete or exegetic account of virtue ethics. Rather, the aim here is to discuss how some key ideas in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, when interpreted pragmatically, can be a productive way to approach some hot issues in bioethics. In spite of being a very promising theoretical perspective virtue ethics has so far been underdeveloped both in bioethics and neuroethics and most discussions have been conducted in consequentialist and/or deontological terms.


Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics bioethics and neuroethics human cognitive enhancement human enhancement virtue ethical perspective virtue ethics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Division of PhilosophyRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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From the reviews:

“This brief book is an argument for the compatibility between virtue ethics and human enhancements. … The purpose of this book is to contribute to the conversation on enhancements by introducing virtue ethics to present a new perspective on human enhancement. … the book addresses a topic in an important field, and provides a foundation for future discussion … . it is most appropriate for readers not yet well versed in the Aristotelian virtue ethics tradition.” (Emily K. Trancik, Doody's Book Reviews, March, 2013)