Drawing the Edges of Human Life: A Selected Bibliography

August 2nd, 2017

A conference featuring 50+ presentations on how life can be enhanced. The 36 scholars presenting at the conference are experts in humanities, social sciences, and religious studies from around the world. They will be presenting research that they have been working on over the last two years as part of the Enhancing Life Project. This event is open to the public. See here for tickets, more information, and a detailed schedule. The Drawing the Edges of Human Life lab will take place during Session T, Sunday, August 6, 1:00-2:30 pm.

Drawing the Edges of Human Life: This laboratory session will attempt to bridge our research findings (encompassing technological, social, and moral dimensions) on human enhancements at the beginning and end of life with those normative views, beliefs, and attitudes operating in the public sphere. Which narratives about enhancement achieve valence? Which “publics” participate? How does the definition of “health” draw margins and borders of fitness that implicate resource allocation, justice, and disparity? Are the margins changing? To what extent can notions of human flourishing, the awe of life, and living nite life to its fullest move and shift the normative boundaries and expectations for the beginning and end of life that predominate our technology-driven cultures?


Kristine Culp, Theology, The University of Chicago, USA
Ruth Farrell, Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, USA
Sebastian Sattler, Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne, Germany
Christopher Scott, Biotechnology, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Daniel Sulmasy, Medicine and Ethics, Georgetown University, USA
Ellen Ueberschär, Co-Chair, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany
Martin Wendte, Systematic Theology, Tübingen University, Germany 

The following book list was compiled by conference organizers.

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