Unfit for the Future

Mads Alexander Hviid Poulsen, Jacob Ejdrup Markedal, Noor Al-Omari, Christian Deleuran Petersen, Sara Tolstrup Christensen & Xenia Juliane Langeskov Jørgensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project aims to analyze and discuss Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu’s book, Unfit for the Future, in which they claim that mankind is in great danger. Because our ability to cause harm has been greatly improved due to our technological progress, it would now be possible for mankind to cause destruction on a global scale. Persson and Savulescu say that our evolutionary history has only equipped us with the moral skills appropriate to life in a village or a small social group of approximately a hundred people. This means that we tend to have a very weak sense of responsibility for people outside of our own circle of acquaintances. In light of this situation, Persson and Savulescu suggest artificial moral improvement, moral bioenhancement, for people. The basic goal of this project is to analyse the book Unfit for the Future and apply John Harris’ criticism of the book in order to discuss the ethical problems concerning moral bioenhancement. This project will try to determine which of the two sides makes the stronger claim, and furthermore try to understand the differences for and against the notion that we should research and develop moral bioenhancement. This will allow us to apply these moral points of view to our discussion. From our findings in our analysis and discussion we conclude that Harris’ arguments for not researching and developing moral bioenhancement are either too vague or invalid, and therefore we should explore the possibilities of moral bioenhancement.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2015
VejledereThomas Søbirk Petersen


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