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

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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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