Extending Human Life: To What End?

  • Brent WatersEmail author
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 102)


The burgeoning field of regenerative medicine is poised to transform healthcare. Advances in genetics, stem-cell research, and cloning hint that we may be on the brink of a golden age of medical care, culminating in greatly extended longevity. These advances, however, are accompanied by a number of troubling and divisive religious, moral, and political issues. Although careful analysis and scrutiny are rightfully being devoted to resolving a wide range of discrete problems, the larger concern of toward what end regenerative medicine is taking us has received inadequate attention.


Human Nature Regenerative Medicine Human Dignity Moral Status Enhancement Technology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jerry and Mary Joy Stead Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Garrett-Evangelical Theological SeminaryEvanstonUSA

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