Autonomy and Enhancement

Neuroethics 7 (2):123-136 (2014)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Some have objected to human enhancement on the grounds that it violates the autonomy of the enhanced. These objections, however, overlook the interesting possibility that autonomy itself could be enhanced. How, exactly, to enhance autonomy is a difficult problem due to the numerous and diverse accounts of autonomy in the literature. Existing accounts of autonomy enhancement rely on narrow and controversial conceptions of autonomy. However, we identify one feature of autonomy common to many mainstream accounts: reasoning ability. Autonomy can then be enhanced by improving people’s reasoning ability, in particular through cognitive enhancement; given how valuable autonomy is usually taken to be, this gives us extra reason to pursue such cognitive enhancements. Moreover, autonomy-based objections will be especially weak against such enhancements. As we will argue, those who are worried that enhancements will inhibit people’s autonomy should actually embrace those enhancements that will improve autonomy
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2017-10-23
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

View all 42 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Would Moral Enhancement Limit Freedom?Diéguez, Antonio & Véliz, Carissa
Could Genetic Enhancement Really Lead to Obsolescence?Lázaro-Muñoz, Gabriel; Kostick, Kristin M. & Zuk, Peter

View all 17 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
230 ( #17,443 of 46,455 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
27 ( #28,467 of 46,455 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.