Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Special Section: Kant, Habermas, and Bioethics

Habermas, Human Agency, and Human Genetic Enhancement

The Grown, the Made, and Responsibility for Actions


Recent developments in genomic science hold out the tantalizing prospect of soon being able to treat and prevent a wide variety of medical conditions through gene therapy. In time, it may be possible to use similar techniques not simply to combat disease but also to enhance, or improve on, normal human functioning.

Peter Herissone-Kelly, Ph.D., is Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, England.