Internal WiP: Tracy Trothen

Aging, radical life extension, & religion—changing the conversation

Abstract: I consider how an intersectional, progressive Christian theological lens can help us to probe three ethics issues regarding radical life extension and aging. The first issue is the anthropological question of what it means to be human. What, if anything, do we desire to preserve about being human? Morphological freedom of choice is the second issue. The moral relevance of interdependence, social processes, and ageism are considered. The third ethics issue is justice, including ageism and resource allocation. A faith-based lens introduces alternative values to these debates. Questions around vulnerability, relationship, meaning, spiritual distress, and “human touch” emerge and may shift the conversation. Conclusions about whether RLE is desirable remain open.

This internal talk is for Oxford Uehiro Centre members and associates.

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