Track 1: Converging technologies and human enhancement.
The convergence of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology has resulted in many possibilities to interfere in ‘human nature’. Technologies like psychofarmaca, embryo selection and neuroimplants, and new fields like tissue engineering and synthetic biology are starting to cross the boundary between therapy and enhancement. Rather than helping to cure diseases, they might make it possible to improve the human being. Enhancement technology raises many ethical and anthropological questions. What moral arguments can be developed pro and contra human enhancement? What social and cultural implications can these technologies have, and how can we assess them? And what do these technologies imply for philosophical anthropology and its conceptualization of the human being? The ‘converging technologies and human enhancement’ track is open for all papers that address philosophical questions related to human enhancement.