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Creating Future People


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Table of Contents

1. Smart People / Cognitive Enhancement

2. Good People / Moral Enhancement 3. Pretty People / Aesthetic Enhancement 4. Healthy People / Immuno-Enhancement 5. Synthetic People / Creating Life from Scratch Conclusion

About the Author

Jonathan Anomaly is Associate Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and a visiting scholar at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University. He is the co-editor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (2015).


"This is an excellent, indeed outstanding little book. I am very familiar with the literature on biomedical enhancement, and before I read this manuscript, I was doubtful that there is anything really new and important to say about the topic. I was wrong. By focusing on collective action problems and negative externalities, Anomaly has done a great service."
Allen Buchanan, University of Arizona

"Thoughtful and provocative, Creating Future People makes a bold case in favour of altering our genome to benefit individuals and society as a whole. Combining insights from philosophy, biology and economics, Anomaly shines a light on many neglected aspects of genetic modification - including the potential for collective action problems and network effects. The book provides a timely addition to an increasingly important global debate."
Christopher Gyngell, University of Melbourne

". . . an excellent contribution to the ongoing debate about the ethics of genetic enhancement. The book's brevity-under 100 pages of main text-is a real virtue, since the author covers an extraordinary amount of ground with clear, concise and robust argumentation. It is beautifully written and combines in exemplary fashion philosophical rigour with scientific literacy."
David Archard in Bioethics

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