Towards a systematic evaluation of moral bioenhancement

Karolina Kudlek*

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The ongoing debate about moral bioenhancement (MBE) has been exceptionally stimulating, but it is defined by extreme polarization and lack of consensus about any relevant aspect of MBE. This article reviews the discussion on MBE, showing that a lack of consensus about enhancements’ desirable features and the constant development of the debate calls for a more rigorous ethical analysis. I identify a list of factors that may be of crucial importance for illuminating the matters of moral permissibility in the MBE debate and which could help us move beyond the current lack of consensus. More precisely, I propose three important theoretical and normative standards that MBE should satisfy if we wish to mitigate the concerns about its utter impermissibility. Systematically assessing MBE interventions across the presented categories should provide valuable conclusions about its theoretical soundness and feasibility, its compatibility with fundamental moral norms, and its compatibility with or facilitation of socio-political goals of equality and justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-110
Number of pages16
JournalTheoretical medicine and bioethics
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Ethical guidelines
  • Moral bioenhancement
  • Moral neuroenhancement
  • Moral permissibility
  • Persson/Savulescu
  • UT-Hybrid-D


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