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Anthropo-ethical rules for the human zoo

Laar, A.R. van (2017) Anthropo-ethical rules for the human zoo.

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Abstract:The development of CRISPR/CAS challenges the understanding of human anthropology and the morality of influencing our own evolution. We need to understand both in order to come up with Sloterdijkian Rules of the Human Zoo. But when both our anthropological and moral-self understanding our technologically mediated, how can we come up with sensible Rules for our Human zoo? I argue that we need to start from the mediative character of technologies, in which our moral and anthropological self-understanding is continuously shaped. With Stiegler and postphenomenology, I argue that we must relate to our human-technology relation to have the freedom to influence our own evolution. Within those limits, we should act according to the (dynamic) self-understanding of that temporal mode, as long as we maintain the ability to relate to our human-technology relation. I thus claim a normative value in understanding ourselves as beings that have a technologically mediated selfunderstanding. Within those conditions, I argue that each individual must allowed to understand ourselves according to his/hers individually mediated self-understanding. As long as we understands our perspective as technologically mediated, we should be able to hold on to our 'humanness'. Although that does not necessariliy imply a morally good interpertation of humanness.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 42 biology, 56 civil engineering
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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