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Oxytocin, Empathy and Human Enhancement

Lara, Francisco (2017) Oxytocin, Empathy and Human Enhancement. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32 (3). pp. 367-384. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

This paper considers, firstly, to what extent the administration of oxytocin can augment the capacity of empathy in human beings; and secondly, whether or not such practice ought to be allowed. In relation to the latter, the author develops an argument in favour of this intervention by virtue of its consistency with the belief that, if a therapeutic treatment is to be considered acceptable, it is essential that it maximizes the well-being of those affected and that it does not compromise the autonomy of the patient. Having rejected several objections related to the nature of this intervention, the author finally questions its morality on the basis of a concern with its universalizability.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Lara, Franciscoflara@ugr.es
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: enhancement, empathy, neuroethics, morality, oxytocin
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 14:14
Item ID: 14064
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.17890
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: September 2017
Page Range: pp. 367-384
Volume: 32
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14064

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