Contra habermas and towards a critical theory of human nature and the question of genetic enhancement

Winter 2006

Analysing Jürgen Habermas’s recent book, ‘The Future of Human Nature’, Moss suggests that Harbermas’s attitude to ‘liberal eugenics’ represents a transparent neo-Kantian ethics of abstention, and a retreat from his earlier anthropological perspective, rooted as it was in traditions of Critical Theory. Moss argues that Habermas’s dismissal of liberal eugenics is a cure worse than the disease, and suggests a closer adherence to the Critical tradition that maintains its anthropological dimension.

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