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Love, Biotechnology and Ethics
Love, Biotechnology and Ethics

Author(s): Juraj Odorcak
Subject(s): Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Scientific Life
Published by: SACRI – Societatea Academica de Cercetare a Religiilor si Ideologiilor
Keywords: love; biotechnology; ethics; reductionism; commodification; transhumanism;

Summary/Abstract: The article is dedicated to the analysis of the possibility of modification of love by technology. Some philosophers argue, that various complications of modern love and certain aspects of the current crisis of romantic relationships could be modified by the proper understanding of the results of neuroscientific research and the precise use of advances in biotechnology. According to this position, science and technology are equivalent solutions to some problems of love and love related phenomena. The first part of the article is concentrated on the explication of assumptions of the argument for biotechnological love modification. The second part of the article is focused on the evaluation of the antireductionist critic of the argument for biotechnological love modification. The last part of the article is devoted to the examination of the possibility of commodification of love by biotechnological manipulation of love. It is argued that these challenges to the argument for biotechnological love modification aren’t as fatal as it is sometimes assumed. This, however, doesn’t mean that love modification is ethically permissible. It could just mean, that biotechnological love modification is susceptible to the ethically problematic conclusion of love devaluation.

  • Issue Year: 3/2020
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 3-20
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English