Social justice and human enhancement in the bionic society

Journal title SALUTE E SOCIETÀ
Author/s Antonio Maturo
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/suppl. 2
Language Italian Pages 14 P. 15-28 File size 119 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2012-S02003
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The use of substances that improve cognitive abilities is now more and more common in many countries. These treatments are not aimed at curing pathologies, but rather at enhancing normal human capabilities, i.e. people are using pharmaceutical products to alter their biological makeup. The following article investigates this phenomenon and questions the role of the State in relation to this practice. The article concludes with an explanation of why the State, unlike what some bioethicists have proposed, should not support the use of cognitive enhancers.

Keywords: Bionic society, egalitarianism, pharmaceuticalization, social justice, medicalization, human enhancement

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Antonio Maturo, Giustizia sociale e miglioramento umano nella società bionica in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" suppl. 2/2012, pp 15-28, DOI: 10.3280/SES2012-S02003