Our mission is to research into, and contribute to the public debate on, the most important ethical issues of today. Below is a list of our most recent publications, including the recent book 'Enhancing Human Capacities'.


Enhancing Human Capacities

Julian Savulescu (Editor), Ruud ter Meulen (Editor), Guy Kahane (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (21 Jan 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1405195819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405195812

Enhancing Human Capacities is the first to review the very latest scientific developments in human enhancement. It is unique in its examination of the ethical and policy implications of these technologies from a broad range of perspectives.

  • Presents a rich range of perspectives on enhancement from world leading ethicists and scientists from Europe and North America.
  • The most comprehensive volume yet on the science and ethics of human enhancement
  • Unique in providing a detailed overview of current and expected scientific advances in this area.
  • Discusses both general conceptual and ethical issues and concrete questions of policy
  • Includes sections covering all major forms of enhancement: cognitive, affective, physical, and life extension

Human enhancement is one of the most exciting and troubling areas of recent scientific advance. It raises new and profound challenges relating to the human condition as well as giving rise to serious questions surrounding the limits and ethics of changing human nature.

This stimulating volume is the first to review the very latest scientific developments in human enhancement. It is unique in its examination of the ethical and policy implications of these technologies from a broad range of perspectives, including philosophy, the biological and neurosciences, and the social sciences. The book covers all major forms of human enhancement: cognitive, mood, physical, moral and life extension, as well as general conceptual and moral questions about enhancement.

Enhancing Human Capacities includes state of the art reviews of the science of enhancement from different perspectives, ethical discussion of key concepts and questions, and concrete policy applications. The book concludes with general discussions of the policy implications of biomedical enhancement in the EU and US contexts. All contributions are by world leading ethicists, neuroscientists and social scientists from Europe and North America.


Part I Key Concepts and Questions

1. Well-Being and Enhancement: Julian Savulescu, Anders Sandberg, and Guy Kahane
2. The Concept of Nature and the Enhancement Technologies Debate: Lisbeth Witthøfft Nielsen
3. Enhancement, Autonomy, and Authenticity: Niklas Juth
4. Breaking Evolutionís Chains: The Promise of Enhancement by Design: Russell Powell and Allen Buchanan

Part II Cognitive Enhancement
5. Cognition Enhancement: Upgrading the Brain: Anders Sandberg
6. The Social and Economic Impacts of Cognitive Enhancement: Anders Sandberg and Julian Savulescu
7. Cognitive Enhancing Drugs: Neuroscience and Society: Charlotte R. Housden, Sharon Morein-Zamir, and Barbara J. Sahakian
8. Cognitive Bias and Collective Enhancement: Steve Clarke
9. Smart Policy: Cognitive Enhancement and the Public Interest: Nick Bostrom and Rebecca Roache

Part III Mood Enhancement
10. Scientific, Ethical, and Social Issues in Mood Enhancement: Ron Berghmans, Ruud ter Meulen, Andrea Malizia, and Rein Vos
11. Reasons to Feel, Reasons to Take Pills: Guy Kahane
12. Whatís in a Name? ADHD and the Gray Area between Treatment and Enhancement: Maartje Schermer and Ineke Bolt
13. What is Good or Bad in Mood Enhancement?: Rein Vos
14. Aspergerís Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and the Relation between Mood, Cognition, and Well-Being: Laurens Landeweerd
15. Is Mood Enhancement a Legitimate Goal of Medicine?: Bengt Brulde
16. Cognitive Therapy and Positive Psychology Combined: A Promising Approach to the Enhancement of Happiness: Tony Hope
17. After Prozac: S. Matthew Liao and Rebecca Roache

Part IV Physical Enhancement
18. Physical Enhancement: Hidde J. Haisma
19. Physical Enhancement: The State of the Art: Andy Miah
20. Enhanced Bodies: Claudio Tamburrini and Torbjorn Tannsjo
21. Physical Enhancement: What Baseline, Whose Judgment?: Søren Holm and Mike McNamee
22. Le Tour and Failure of Zero Tolerance: Time to Relax Doping Controls: Julian Savulescu and Bennett Foddy
23. Enhancing Skill: Bennett Foddy
24. Can a Ban on Doping in Sport be Morally Justified?: Sigmund Loland

Part V Lifespan Extension
25. Looking for the Fountain of Youth: Scientific, Ethical, and Social Issues in the Extension of Human Lifespan: Gaia Barazzetti
26. Is Living Longer Living Better?: Larry Temkin
27. Life Extension versus Replacement: Gustaf Arrhenius
28. Lifespan Extension: Metaphysical Basis and Ethical Outcomes: Christine Overall
29. Lifespan Extension and Personal Identity: Gaia Barazzetti and Massimo Reichlin
30. Intergenerational Justice and Lifespan Extension: Roberto Mordacci
31. The Value of Life Extension to Persons as Conatively Driven Processes: Steven Horrobin
32. Enhancing Human Aging: The Cultural and Psychosocial Context of Lifespan Extension: John Bond
33. Policy Making for a New Generation of Interventions in Age-Related Disease and Decline: Kenneth Howse

Part VI Moral Enhancement
34. Moral Enhancement: Tom Douglas
35. Unfit for the Future? Human Nature, Scientific Progress, and the Need for Moral Enhancement: Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu

Part VII General Policy
36. Of Nails and Hammers: Human Biological Enhancement and U.S. Policy Tools: Henry T. Greely
37. The Politics of Human Enhancement and the European Union: Christopher Coenen, Mirjam Schuijff, and Martijntje Smits