Transhumanism: Camouflage for the Perpetuation of Eugenic Ideology and Structural Injustice?

Authors

  • Sana Loue Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA
  • Harshita Kuna Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA
  • Eli McCormick Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35478/jime.2023.3.03

Keywords:

biotechnology, enhancement, eugenics, injustice, posthuman, transhumanism

Abstract

Transhumanism is a sociopolitical and intellectual movement focused on the use of technology to transform humans and the human experience.  Transhumanism promises that, through the use of physical and cognitive enhancements, humans will be able to achieve the “good life.”  However, understandings of “enhancement” and “the good life” vary across time, place, and culture.  Additionally, the biological modification/elimination of a specific characteristic may lead to not only loss the loss of that feature, but of a specific personal identity as well. The potential consequences of transhumanist enhancement suggest both that they may constitute a newer form of eugenics and that they may lead to the production of new societal inequalities.

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Published

2023-11-25

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