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Philosophisches Kolloquium – Mittwochskolloquium


Dr. Oliver Feeney, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen: ’Just’ Perceptions? Placebo-Ge-Nomic Enhacement as a Problem for Justice

It is a well-recognised fear that human enhancement technol-ogy could exacerbate inequalities, whether from robotics, pharmaceuticals or developments in genomics (Sienna 2021). The potential of human genome editing being used for en-hancement purposes – somatic or germline – has arisen in the WHO report (2021). In my paper, I wish to confine myself to talking about one subset of potential, complex human en-hancements by use of genome editing (such as intelligence). In some such cases, I contend that we may always be dealing more with beliefs in enhancement rather than the notion of enhancement itself. Furthermore, I argue that - in such cases - even if there was no enhancement in fact, the effects of a false belief in the enhancement could have enhancing effects. Hence, a potential phenomenon of what I call ‘Placebo en-hancements’ may arise – not genuine in actual change in tar-geted function, but genuine in overall enhancing effects. And those real effects (even if based on this initial placebo effect) can pose novel and difficult challenges for ethical and social justice considerations.

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Dr. Oliver Feeney is a re-searcher on the Ethics of Ge-nome Editing with the Insti-tute of Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tü-bingen, Germany (and an on-going member of the Centre of Bioethical Research & Analysis, NUI Galway, with ongoing roles as member of the Royal Irish Academy's Life and Health Sciences Committee).


12.06.2024, 18:30 Uhr - 20:00 Uhr
Institut für Philosophie
Ort: Gebäude 24.53, Raum 01.81