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The Human Enhancement Debate and Disability

New Bodies for a Better Life

  • Miriam Eilers
  • Katrin Grüber
  • Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Refocusing the Enhancement Debate

    1. Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Miriam Eilers, Katrin Grüber
      Pages 1-20
  3. Norms and Body

  4. Case Studies

  5. Utopian Ideas and Real Embodiment

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-257

About this book


Improving human characteristics goes beyond compensating for an impairment. This book explores the rich and complex relationship between enhancement and impairment, showing that the study of disability offers new ways of thinking about the social and ethical implications of improving the human condition.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Miriam Eilers
    • 1
  • Katrin Grüber
    • 2
  • Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
    • 3
  1. 1.Ruhr-University BochumGermany
  2. 2.Institut Mensch, Ethik und WissenschaftBerlinGermany
  3. 3.University of LübeckGermany

About the editors

Stuart Blume, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Sigrid Bosteels, University College of West Flanders, Belgium Morten Hillgaard Bülow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Sascha Dickel, Institute of Ecological Economy Research, Germany Lisa Forsberg, King's College London, UK Trijsje Franssen, University of Exeter, UK Kathrin Klohs, University of Basel, Switzerland Nikolai Münch, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Germany Anna G. Piotrowska, Jagiellonian University, Poland Christina Schües, University of Lübeck, Germany Jackie Leach Scully, Newcastle University, UK Tom Shakespeare, World Health Organization, UK

Bibliographic information


“This book brings out a new voice from the disability studies perspective in the debate regarding human enhancement. Therefore, I heartily recommend this book to everyone interested in ethical issues involved and especially to those that are interested in an intersection between bioethics and disability studies. The book is a great example of how various scientific fields can significantly contribute to the ongoing debate on human enhancement.” (Anto Čartolovni, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 37, 2016)

"An important and welcome development to see a selection of studies that explores how bioethics and disability studies can influence each other to ask new questions." - Disability and Society