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Cohen’s Conservatism and Human Enhancement

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethics, October 2013
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#4 of 169)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (93rd percentile)

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Title
Cohen’s Conservatism and Human Enhancement
Published in
Journal of Ethics, October 2013
DOI 10.1007/s10892-013-9151-0
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Authors

Jonathan Pugh, Guy Kahane, Julian Savulescu

Abstract

In an intriguing essay, G. A. Cohen has defended a conservative bias in favour of existing value. In this paper, we consider whether Cohen's conservatism raises a new challenge to the use of human enhancement technologies. We develop some of Cohen's suggestive remarks into a new line of argument against human enhancement that, we believe, is in several ways superior to existing objections. However, we shall argue that on closer inspection, Cohen's conservatism fails to offer grounds for a strong sweeping objection to enhancement, and may even offer positive support for forms of enhancement that preserve valuable features of human beings. Nevertheless, we concede that Cohen's arguments may suggest some plausible and important constraints on the modality of legitimate and desirable enhancements.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 1 5%
Unknown 18 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 4 21%
Student > Bachelor 4 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 16%
Researcher 2 11%
Student > Postgraduate 1 5%
Other 5 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Philosophy 8 42%
Arts and Humanities 4 21%
Unspecified 2 11%
Social Sciences 2 11%
Computer Science 1 5%
Other 2 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 18. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 April 2019.
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#861,429
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Ethics
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