Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Special Section: Kant, Habermas, and Bioethics

Bioethics as Science Fiction

Making Sense of Habermas’s The Future of Human Nature


There must be few philosophical projects more serious than Jürgen Habermas’s lifelong effort to realize the lofty universalist ambitions of the Enlightenment in his communicative theory of rational discourse and deliberative democracy.

David Gurnham, LL.B., Ph.D., is Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics and Law at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy in the School of Law, University of Manchester, England.