Ethical and Social Context of Cognitive Enhancement

  • Robert H. Blank


This chapter discusses the emerging debate over CE that includes potential safety problems with the long-term use of drugs in healthy individuals, the possibility of direct or indirect coercion to take enhancement drugs, the social justice concerns that access will not be distributed equally and that the use of enhancement poses a threat to social values by undermining the worth and dignity of hard work and represents a form of cheating. In general, the concerns of the critics can be classified into two broad categories: concerns about the harm that may be experienced by those who use the enhancement technologies and concerns about the adverse social impact of the widespread use and societal embrace of enhancement technologies. The chapter also looks at public opinion toward CE and the impact of the media, the Internet and commercialization on CE.


Deep Brain Stimulation Cognitive Enhancement Stimulant Drug Moral Enhancement Enhancement Technology 
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© Robert H. Blank 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert H. Blank
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  1. 1.University of CanterburyNew Zealand

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