`` Our Posthuman Future `` By Francis Fukuyama Essay

1144 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
It is important that as we start to deal with emerging issues relating to biobiotechnology, we have some sort of basis to judge each issue on. Many philosophers have presented arguments on what is important to preserve in humans. In their minds, it is important that any biobiotechnologies that we allow to be used in society must preserve these characteristics in the human race. In this paper, I will be presenting the viewpoints of Fukuyama, Bostrom, and Janicaud, and explaining which philosopher has the best argument as to what is worth preserving in humans in today’s world. In Francis Fukuyama’s book, Our Posthuman Future, he presents the idea that all humans have human dignity. This human dignity is an emergent property from human nature, which is derived from our basic genetic code. Therefore, for Fukuyama, our DNA is the main part of humans worth protecting from any emerging biobiotechnology. Preserving our human dignity requires following certain guidelines when deciding what biotechnologies will be allowed. According to Fukuyama, if a biotechnology is a clear threat to our human dignity it must be banned altogether. However, most biotechnologies are not so clear-cut. Many emerging biotechnologies are not an immediate threat to human dignity and can have some purposes that would be okay in Fukuyama’s eyes. In those cases, these biotechnologies would then be regulated to only allow certain uses. Uses that would be therapeutic, meaning they would bring people back to a…

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