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Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors

Religion and Human Enhancement

Death, Values, and Morality

Editors: Trothen, Tracy, Mercer, Calvin (Eds.)

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  • Addresses several types of human enhancement technologies, including moral bioenhancement
  • Discusses the possibility of enhanced human or posthuman existence, yielding lots of creative possibilities for a book cover
  • Topics covered include both those worked on for several years, as well as cutting edge themes, such as moral enhancement, common ground to both transhumanism and religions, the meaning of death, desire and transcendence, and virtue ethics
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This collection vigorously addresses the religious implications of extreme human enhancement technology. Topics covered include cutting edge themes, such as moral enhancement, common ground to both transhumanism and religion, the meaning of death, desire and transcendence, and virtue ethics. Radical enhancement programs, advocated by transhumanists, could arguably have a more profound impact than any other development in human history.

Reflecting a range of opinion about the desirability of extreme enhancement, leading scholars in the field join with emerging scholars to foster enhanced conversation on these topics.

About the authors

Tracy J. Trothen is Associate Professor of Religion at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She currently co-chairs the American Academy of Religion “Human Enhancement and Transhumanism” Group.

Calvin Mercer is Professor of Religious Studies, East Carolina University, USA. He is co-editor of Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors and founding chair of the American Academy of Religion “Human Enhancement and Transhumanism” Group.

Reviews

“All religions espouse efforts to minimise the suffering of others. Suffering from a given situation can be reduced by psychological means - coming to terms with it - but also by technological means - avoiding it. Transhumanism is the purest expression of the latter aspiration, and as such it aligns far better with religion than many believe. This excellent collection of essays from highly distinguished thinkers engages this discussion further.” (Aubrey De Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation, USA)

"Religion is as important as ever, and science marches on.  For humanity to survive, the secular and religious will have to move closer together, including on the most fundamental question: the modification of the human being itself. This book is an important step down that path, providing constructive perspectives on human enhancement, religion, and transhumanism. Open, thoughtful, and stimulating contributions from a variety of perspectives are included in this impressive volume." (Julian Savulescu, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, UK)

“Religion and Human Enhancement: Death, Values, and Morality is a wonderfully erudite and insightful exploration of the ancient and the modern, of religion and transhumanist philosophy. For anyone interested in how ideology and technology will intermingle to shape future civilization, this is essential reading.” (Phil Torres, founding Director of the X-Risks Institute and author of Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks)

“Discernment concerning our transhuman future must be done in community if we are to appropriately advance humanity.  To this point, Religion and Human Enhancement: Death, Values, and Morality offers a rich, valuable and distinctive exploration of the perils and opportunities that await us on the horizon by drawing us toward a deeper consideration of who we are and who we should be.” (The Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek, Pastor, Techno-Theologian & Founder of the Christian Transhumanist Association, USA)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Coming into Focus: An Introduction to the Collection

    Pages 3-12

    Mercer, Calvin

  • In Extropy We Trust: A Systems Theory Approach to Identifying Transhumanism’s Religious Philosophy

    Pages 15-33

    Fisher, Matthew Zaro

  • Christian Transhumanism

    Pages 35-47

    Cole-Turner, Ron

  • Mormonism Mandates Transhumanism

    Pages 49-66

    Cannon, Lincoln

  • Technological Apocalypse: Transhumanism as an End-Time Religious Movement

    Pages 67-88

    O’Callaghan, Sean

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion and Human Enhancement
Book Subtitle
Death, Values, and Morality
Editors
  • Tracy Trothen
  • Calvin Mercer
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62488-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62488-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62487-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87325-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 377
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