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Integral Transhumanism: The Holistic Leap Forward

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Transhumanism champions the emerging use of biotechnological enhancement to perfect our biologically-based human limitations. This study evaluates both the contemporary bioethical discourse on enhancement, and the transhumanist movement itself, in light of Ken Wilber's Integral Theory of development. Wilber's paradigm synthesizes descriptive and normative theories from a vast array of disciplines, generating a holistic approach to developmental theory that emphasizes a particular need for balance in any evolving system. The application of Integral Theory to enhancement reveals that transhumanism overemphasizes both autonomy at the expense of justice, and rationality at the expense of spirituality, in its idea of progress.
subject
Bioethics
Enhancement
Entheogen
Ken Wilber
Perfection
Shamanism
contributor
Tennison, Michael (author)
King, Nancy M. P. (committee chair)
Hall, Mark (committee member)
Hyde, Michael J. (committee member)
King, Nancy M. P. (committee member)
date
2011-02-16T21:42:21Z (accessioned)
2011-02-16T21:42:21Z (available)
2010 (issued)
degree
Bioethics (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/30405 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Integral Transhumanism: The Holistic Leap Forward
type
Thesis

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