Understanding human enhancement technologies through critical phenomenology (2019)

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Pariseau-Legault, P., Holmes, D., Murray, S.J. Understanding human enhancement technologies through critical phenomenology (2019) Nursing Philosophy, 20 (1), art. no. e12229

DOI: 10.1111/nup.12229

Abstract
Human enhancement technologies raise serious ethical questions about health practices no longer content simply to treat disease, but which now also propose to “optimize” human beings’ physical, cognitive and psychological abilities. These technologies call for a reassessment of our relationship to health, the human body and the body’s organic, identity and social functions. In nursing, such considerations are in their infancy. In this paper, we argue for the relevance of critical phenomenology as a way to better understand the ethical issues related to human enhancement technologies (HET). In so doing, we seek to problematize HET and assess their influence on the future development of nursing science and practice. It is difficult to anticipate the concrete effects of HET, we suggest, because these practices reconfigure the…

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