SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Genetic Enhancement, Human Extinction, and the Best Interests of Posthumanity
(Ethics, )

A The cumulative impact of enhancement technologies may alter the human species in the very long term future. In this article, I start showing how radical genetic enhancements may accelerate the conversion into a novel species, along with clarifying the concepts of "biological species", "transhuman" and "posthuman". Then, I summarize some ethical arguments for creating a transhuman or posthuman species that is substantially better than the human one. In particular, I present what I have called the Principle of the Bests Interests of Posthumanity, which states that the enhancement of the human and transhuman species must be directed towards the creation of a posthuman existence that is substantially more valuable than the one of its predecessors. I argue that it seems plausible that human extinction may be considered, within that principle, as one of the best interests of posthumanity. Finally, I develop three reasons that make that principle ethically unattractive.

Chair: Stephen Müller
Time: 12:00-12:30, 11 September 2021 (Saturday)
Location: SR 1.004

Jon Rueda  
(University of Granada, )

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