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WANTED: bibliography on life extension ethics

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#1 caliban

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 09:30 PM

The longecity mission to conquer the blight of involuntary death has been criticised on moral grounds.
Some arguments could be called 'quasi moral' such as : 
1) it will lead to environmentally unsustainable overpopulation which could only be countered by unethical means
2) it would only be available for the super-rich which would be an unethical state of affairs
others are complex psychological propositions about the human condition such as:
3) It would lead to stagnation and ossification on a personal and/or social level
4) It would undermine the joy of living that come from life being precarious and limited 
or arguments from virtue about the morally right orientation, e.g.
5) It is quality not quantity of life that matters and the pursuit of the latter is distracting
6) It is hubris to value one's life above other more valuable pursuits such as charity  
still others are linked to an abstract moral good, often of a religious nature, such as
7) God has made humans mortal for a reason
8) Illness and aging are part of the human circle of life 
The aim of this commission is NOT to attract an article that critiques these or similar points (although such pieces are of course very welcome at LongeCity, and some have open commissions) but to solicit a list of referenced sources - annotated with a  very brief summary for each - that each discuss one or more of these topics. Ca. 50 references per submission.  
Reward: ca. $180 per accepted submission.  
If you have any questions about this commission please use the contact form.

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#2 corb

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 07:37 AM


7) God has made humans mortal for a reason


This has little to do with radical life extension. Ageless =/= immortal.
The topic has been covered by Pew Rea search with an inquiry with major religious leaders in the United states.

If I remember it well enough the only person with a concern about life extension was the Catholic and it wasn't for religious reasons.



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