Enhancement technologies and the modern self

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Many people feel uneasy about enhancement technologies, yet have a hard time explaining why. This unease is often less with the technologies themselves than about the desires and aspirations that they express. I suggest here that we can diagnose the source of that unease by looking at three themes that emerge in Taylor's writings about the making of the modern self: the importance of social recognition, the ethics of authenticity, and the rise of instrumental reason.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-374
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011


  • Charles Taylor
  • antidepressants
  • authenticity
  • enhancement technologies
  • identity
  • stimulants


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