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Never Too Late to Live a Little Longer? The Quest for Extended Life and Immortality – Some Ethical Considerations

Publiceringsår: 2006
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Future Perfect? God, Medicine and Human Identity, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Peter Manley Scott
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: T&T Clark


This book chapter discusses and evaluates four different efforts to extend human life: Normalize ageing, Optimize ageing, Retard ageing and postpone death, and Eliminate or overcome ageing and death.

I suggest that improved treatment of disease and handicap at all ages should be welcomed. As a secondary effect, this may in many cases result in an extension of individual lives. However, the direct aim at life extension through modification of certain basic human properties, such as genetic enhancement, should be looked at with suspicion. It may involve exaggerated risks, but the main argument is that it may diminish the existential character of what it is to be human, involving relation to others as a central aspect. To intentionally produce humans so that they become immortal is a violation against these individuals, because they lack an important existential dimension of human life.


  • Ethics
  • genetic enhancement
  • life extension
  • overcome death
  • eliminate death
  • overcome ageing
  • and eliminate ageing
  • postpone death
  • retard ageing
  • normalize ageing
  • optimize ageing


  • ISBN: 0-567-03079-2

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