In this episode I talk to Jonathan Pugh about bio-conservatism and human enhancement. Jonny is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy at The University of Oxford, on the Wellcome Trust funded project "Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis". His new paper, written with Guy Kahane and Julian Savulescu, 'Bio-Conservatism, Partiality, and The Human Nature Objection to Enhancement' is due out soon in The Monist.
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- 0:00 - introduction
- 2:00 - what is the nature of human enhancement – the functionalist and welfarist accounts/models
- 10:30 - bio-conservative oppositions to enhancement – evaluative and epistemic approaches, the naturalistic fallacy
- 19:00 - Cohen’s conservatism – intrinsic value – personal and particular valuing – art and pets
- 30:30 – personal values and bio-enhancement
- 40:30 - the partiality problem – who would you save from the river? Value-based partiality and discrimination.
- 54:00 - species bias, human prejudice, partiality, family and nationalism - Bernard Williams, John Cottingham, Thomas Hurka, Samuel Scheffler, genetic enhancement
- 1:03:00 - should human enhancement be opposed on the grounds of bio-conservatism? - Biological enhancement in the context of other social and technical changes - Is conservatism a foundational moral principle?
- 1:11:00 - conclusion
- Pugh, Kahane, and Savulescu - Bio-Conservatism, Partiality, and The Human Nature Objection to Enhancement (forthcoming)