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Nanotechnology: Beyond Human Nature?
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Nanotechnology plays an important role in today’s society because it allows convergence to the nanoscale, that is to say to the level of atoms and molecules, as part of a miniaturization trend; and also because it is being used for improving human performance or enhancement. Nanotechnology will have a tremendous impact thanks to its potentialities, and the human desire for enhancement - and for some even the desire to reach a posthuman stage. Since nanotechnology-based human applications – cyborgs and implants – might represent a threat to what defines us as humans, namely our human nature, a different approach on the distinction between therapy and enhancement is needed in order to handle those applications in a wiser and more responsible way. This thesis will work on such approach.

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Centrum för tillämpad etik , 2007. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
nanotechnology, posthuman, therapy, enhancement, cyborg, ethics
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-9174ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--07/08--SEOAI: diva2:23789
2007-05-31, CTE Conference Room, Key, LiU, Linköping, 13:00
Available from: 2007-06-08 Created: 2007-06-08

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