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Biomedical Enhancements as Justice

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Biomedical enhancements, the applications of medical technology to make better those who are neither ill nor deficient, have made great strides in the past few decades. Using Amartya Sen's capability approach as my framework, I argue in this article that far from being simply permissible, we have a prima facie moral obligation to use these new developments for the end goal of promoting social justice. In terms of both range and magnitude, the use of biomedical enhancements will mark a radical advance in how we compensate the most disadvantaged members of society.
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Keywords: Amartya Sen; biomedical enhancement; biotechnology; capability approach; cognitive enhancement; social justice; technology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2015

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