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THE RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF HUMAN CAPACITIES BY NEURONAL IMPLANTS - [German]


Duration:

Apr 2006 - Mar 2009

Contact:

Katja Stoppenbrink, LL.M., M.A.

Wilhelmstr. 56

53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 2641 973-304/

E-Mail: katja.stoppenbrink@ea-aw.de
URL: http://www.ea-aw.de

Head:

Coordination:

Katja Stoppenbrink, LL.M., M.A., Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Short Description:

The nervous system belongs to the most important physiological systems of the human body and nearly every organ is under neuronal influence. Disturbances of the neuronal system can
have, therefore, far reaching health consequences. In the 1960s it was still hardly conceivable to intervene in this complex system with the aim of restoring failing functions. Due to enormous progress it became possible, for example, to help deaf people with so-called cochlea implants so that 80% to 90% can comprehend spoken language.
Based on this success story it is now being discussed whether such techniques can also be used for not only restoring but also enhancing the capacities of healthy humans. The study – by way of a doctoral thesis – will examine the ethical, legal and social implications of these developments – including questions on the moral evaluation of enhancement techniques, the assessment of the potential for abuse, safety and liability issue, and problems of fair distribution.

Keywords

biotechnology – brain research – codes of ethics – disability – disease – end of life – ethics of science – eugenics / enhancement – human experimentation – medical ethics – medical ethos – psychiatry – psychology – technology assessment – technology ethics

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