The Ethics of Cryonics

Is it Immoral to be Immortal?

Authors: Minerva, Francesca

  • Reflects on the circumstances under which we would accept to be cryopreserved
  • Explores the meaning of life and living in the now 
  • Outlines moral aspects of cryonics against practical considerations 
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Cryonics—also known as cryopreservation or cryosuspension—is the preservation of legally dead individuals at ultra-low temperatures. Those who undergo this procedure hope that future technology will not only succeed in reviving them, but also cure them of the condition that led to their demise. In this sense, some hope that cryopreservation will allow people to continue living indefinitely. This book discusses the moral concerns of cryonics, both as a medical procedure and as an intermediate step toward life extension. In particular, Minerva analyses the moral issues surrounding cryonics-related techniques (including the hypothetical cryosuspension of fetuses as an alternative to abortion) by focusing on how they might impact the individuals who undergo cryosuspension, as well as society at large. 

About the authors

Francesca Minerva is FWO Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium. She has previously worked at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and she collaborates with various universities. Her main area of research is bioethics. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Pausing Death

    Minerva, Francesca

    Pages 3-22

  • Resuming Life

    Minerva, Francesca

    Pages 23-43

  • The Death Conundrum

    Minerva, Francesca

    Pages 49-66

  • The Immortality Conundrum

    Minerva, Francesca

    Pages 67-94

  • Cryothanasia

    Minerva, Francesca

    Pages 97-110

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Hardcover $54.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethics of Cryonics
Book Subtitle
Is it Immoral to be Immortal?
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78599-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78599-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78598-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 135
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