Could There Be a Superhuman Species?
Oderberg (David)
Source: The Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (2014): 206-26
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  1. Transhumanism1 is the school of thought that advocates the use of technology to enhance the human species, to the point where some supporters consider that a new species altogether could arise. Even some critics think this at least a technological possibility.
  2. Some supporters also believe the emergence of a new, improved, superhuman species raises no special ethical questions.
  3. Through an examination of the metaphysics of species, and an analysis of the essence of the human species, I argue that the existence of an embodied, genuinely superhuman species is a metaphysical impossibility.
  4. Finally, I point out an interesting ethical consideration that this metaphysical truth raises.

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