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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

HK Symposium - EthicsOn

On Wednesday April 11th, Dr Jeff Skopek will deliver a talk on "The Ethics of Enhancement" at the University of Hong Kong.  This is part of symposium on Policy and Regulatory Responses to New Genomic and Reproductive Technologies organized by the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law.


It is helpful to differentiate between three categorically-different types of harms that might be caused by human enhancement. First, enhancement might cause harms to individuals, including physical injuries, coercion, and autonomy violations. Second, enhancement might cause societal harms, such as increased inequality, reductions in aggregate welfare, and the loss of public goods. Third, enhancement might cause harms to human values, including the values of labour, parental virtue, and solidary.  In this talk, I will identify and explore these different types of potential harms, clarifying the strengths and limits of the most common objections to human enhancement. 
More information about the conference can be found here.
Wednesday, 11 April, 2018 - 11:10 to 11:40
Event location: 
University of Hong Kong