Enhancing Human Capacities

Savulescu, J., ter Meulen, R. and Kahane, G., (Eds.) (2011). 'Enhancing Human Capacities', Oxford: Wiley Blackwell



Enhancing Human Capacities is the first to review the very latest scientific developments in human enhancement. It is unique in its examination of the ethical and policy implications of these technologies from a broad range of perspectives.

  • Presents a rich range of perspectives on enhancement from world leading ethicists and scientists from Europe and North America
  • The most comprehensive volume yet on the science and ethics of human enhancement
  • Unique in providing a detailed overview of current and expected scientific advances in this area
  • Discusses both general conceptual and ethical issues and concrete questions of policy
  • Includes sections covering all major forms of enhancement: cognitive, affective, physical, and life extension


"Indeed, the book itself is a cognitive enhancer par excellence and is sure to raise the level of debate on the use of enhancements and their potential risks and benefits for individuals and society itself."  (Neuroethics, 14 December 2011)

"This volume is appropriate for all who wish to reflect seriously on the prospects for enhancing human capacities. References in the articles range widely over the literature in bioscience and philosophy. Comprehensive index included. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." (Choice, 1 November 2011)

"This is clearly the most comprehensive and best collection on human enhancement. It provides needed clarification of both the relevant science and the ethical and policy issues--an indispensable contribution to the debates." (Dan W. Brock, PhD, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School)