Philosophische Aspekte der Medizin
Gefährdet Enhancement die Identität der Person?
A central argument in the debate about the legitimacy of enhancement is that some measures of enhancement pose a threat to personal identity and are therefore morally questionable. In this contribution, I analyse and defend this argument. Following the distinction between different uses of the term identity and a critique of attempts to understand identity as authenticity, I discuss whether enhancement measures might be morally problematic because they (i) bring about changes in personality or (ii) endanger a persons identity over time. It turns out that even though changing our personality via enhancement may be morally unproblematic, endangering a persons identity over time is not. Thus, the reservations against enhancement voiced by C. Elliott and others are justified.Zum vollständigen Artikel | Artikel bestellen