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Recension « La Mort de la Mort » de Laurent Alexandre

En adoptant un discours futurologiste étayé par des arguments basés sur une rhétorique de l’évidence et de l’inéluctabilité, les propos de l’auteur prennent souvent une résonnance prophétique et sans avertissement préalable, cet ouvrage effraie plus qu’il n’informe.

−Recension « La Mort de la Mort » de Laurent Alexandre

Alors que « l’amélioration humaine » (human enhancement) est devenue un sujet incontournable de la bioéthique contemporaine, ce domaine reste souvent ignoré du grand public. Il convient donc de saluer la volonté du Dr. Laurent Alexandre, chirurgien-urologue, d’écrire l’un des premiers ouvrages en français destiné au grand public, sur certaines des possibilités potentielles futures de modifier l’être humain à l’aide des technologies dites émergentes et convergentes (Nanotechnologie, Biotechnologie, technologie de l’Information et sciences Cognitives, souvent référencées comme les NBICs). Read More

(English) Review of Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares

The utopia exposed in Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares might well be the utopia of this century, if not this millennium

−(English) Review of Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares

In Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares, Maxwell J. Mehlman, Professor of Law and of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, exposes some of the risks and benefits of genetic engineering. What will happen when we enter the age of ‘‘engineering evolution’’, when the evolution of our species will be guided by genetic engineering?Read More

Review of James Peterson’s book: Changing Human Nature

In Changing Human Nature, James C. Peterson gives a Christian defense of genetic intervention on human beings.

−Review of James Peterson’s book: Changing Human Nature

In Changing Human Nature, the American theologian James C. Peterson gives a Christian defense of genetic intervention on human beings. He argues that we are called to alter nature, which includes our bodies, and therefore our genes. Read More

Review of Humanity’s End, Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

In Humanity’s End, Nicholas Agar challenges proponents of radical enhancement. He argues that some enhancements can be a threat to humanity and therefore should be rejected. For him, radical enhancement could kill us, distort some of our values, and bring a tyranny of posthumans over humans.Read More

Le Devenir Humain. Réflexions éthiques sur les fins de la nature

When considering radical changes in human nature, we do need to reflect on whether or not there is something beautiful in being ‘merely human,’

−Le Devenir Humain. Réflexions éthiques sur les fins de la nature

This book deals with fundamental questions about the ethical differences between a deterministic and teleological understanding of human nature. Read More

Review of Enhancement: Ethique et Philosophie de la Médecine d’Amélioration

One can surely disagree that bioconservatives have already lost the debate ... when new enhancing technologies become widely available, bioconservatives may simply refuse to use them.

−Review of Enhancement: Ethique et Philosophie de la Médecine d’Amélioration

In this volume, Belgian scholars Jean-Noël Missa and Laurence Perbal collected fourteen essays on human enhancement which arise from a symposium held in 2008 at the Free University of Brussels. Their aim is to ‘‘stimulate the interest of francophone readers concerning questions about enhancement.’’ Read More

Review: Transhumanism and transcendence

This collection helps Christians see transhumanists as an intellectually stimulating group,

−Review: Transhumanism and transcendence

Transhumanism and Transcendence is a theological contribution to the debate about human enhancement that engages primarily with transhumanists. The volume seeks to clarify new challenges given by transhumanists and contrast theological and transhumanist “forms of human yearning for transcendence.” Read More

Review of Al-Rodhan, N. R. F.: 2011, The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies

If humans are in control of their destiny, could they choose not to become transhumans?

−Review of Al-Rodhan, N. R. F.: 2011, The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies

Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan is a philosopher, neuroscientist and geostrategist. He is a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, and Director of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, in Geneva. In The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies, Implications for Geopolitics, Human Enhancement and Human Destiny, he examines emerging technologies and the consequences of their application to human beings.Read More