Law and Moral Enhancement:
A lecture by Julian Savulescu

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels

Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director of The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre…

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Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Deadline: Rolling admission.

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is actively soliciting original manuscripts, responses, essays, and book reviews devoted to the examination of issues related to the intersection of law and biosciences, including bioethics, neuroethics, genetics,…

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Tulsa Law Review special issue honoring Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge

Tulsa Law Review Vol. 49, Issue 3, 2013
by Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and others

A symposium honoring the work of Petrie-Flom Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge has been published by the Tulsa Law Review. The issue includes Elhauge’s article, “I'm Not Quite Dead Yet -- and Other…

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What (If Anything) Is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (If Anything) Is Right with It?

Tulsa Law Review, vol. 49, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:  Should human enhancement be prohibited? Subsidized? Mandated? Taxed?  This article is part of a symposium honoring one of my wonderful mentors: Einer Elhauge. It focuses on human enhancement. With…

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Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) Soliciting Commentaries

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) Soliciting Commentaries

Deadline: May 05, 2014

Journal of Law and the Biosciences is pleased to solicit Peer Commentaries for the following articles: The Regulation of Cognitive Enhancement Devices, by Hannah Maslen, Thomas Douglas, Roi Cohen Kadosh, Neil Levy,…

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Frances Kamm’s Bioethical Prescriptions:
Book Talk and Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 1019
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

We hosted this book talk and panel discussion for Professor Frances Kamm's latest book, Bioethical Prescriptions: To Create, End, Choose, and…

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The First Issue of Journal of Law and Biosciences Is Now Available!

Petrie-Flom Center, February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is now available online. The articles are: Knoppers, Bartha M., Edward S. Dove, &…

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Health Law Workshop: I. Glenn Cohen

Monday, February 17, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
Hauser 105
1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Professor Cohen's papers, "What (if anything) is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (if anything) is Right With It?" and "This Is…

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Virginia under renewed pressure to give reparations for those sterilized under state law

The Washington Post, December 8, 2013
by Fredrick Kunkle

Growing national attention to the 20th-century practice of forcibly sterilizing thousands of Americans has put new pressure on Virginia lawmakers to compensate survivors. A drumbeat from both the left and…

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Announcing the New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014
by Petrie-Flom Center and HLS, Duke University, and Stanford University

The Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School are delighted to announce our partnership with Duke University, Stanford University, and Oxford University Press to launch a new peer-reviewed, open access, online…

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Livestream of Sessions from the 2013 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

Friday, November 08, 2013 12:15-2:15 PM and 4:30-6:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
Petrie-Flom Center Conference Room
23 Everett St., Room 302, Cambridge, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center was pleased to host a live webstream of sessions from the International Neuroethics Society's 2013 Annual Meeting.…

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Glowing plant project on Kickstarter sparks debate about regulation of DNA modification

The Washington Post, October 3, 2013
by Ariana Eunjung Cha

Hunkered down in a converted shipping container stationed in a San Francisco parking lot, three young entrepreneurs are tinkering with the DNA of ordinary plants in the hopes of being…

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The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering

by Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel challenges the idea of perfecting human beings and explores moral issues arising from attempts to enhance people using genetic engineering technology. 

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Is There a Problem with Enhancement?

American Journal of Bioethics
by Francis Kamm

This article offers an alternate suggestion as to why enhancement may be troubling and considers what we could safely enhance.

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The Inevitability of Genetic Enhancement Technologies

by Francoise Baylis & Jason Robert

The authors outline a number of ethical objections to genetic enhancement of human capacities and argue that they are unconvincing.

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Beyond Therapy:

President’s Council on Bioethics, 2003

Written by the President's Council on Bioethics after more than sixteen months of deliberations, this report studies the profound ethical and social consequences of biotechnological innovations.

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Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement

by Nicholas Agar

This book seeks to defuse public anxieties about the use of genetic technology to enhance human capacities and defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children's…

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Human Enhancement

by Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom

This edited volume offers a wide range of perspectives with respect to the issue. 

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The Wisdom of Nature: An Evolutionary Heuristic for Human Enhancement

by Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg

This chapter takes on the objection that human enhancement violates the “wisdom of nature.”

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Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)

Founded in 2004 by philosopher Nick Bostrom and bioethicist James Hughes, the IEET is an organization that seeks to understand the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies. One…

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Formerly the World Transhumanist Association, this is an international organization which advocates the ethical use of emerging technologies to enhance human capacities.

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