Discourse, upstream public engagement and the governance of human life extension research

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Abstract

Important scientific, ethical and sociological debates are emerging over the trans-humanist goal to achieve therapeutic treatments to ‘cure’ the debilitation of age-related illness and extend the healthy life span of individuals through “interventive biogerontological research”. The scientific and moral discourses surrounding this contentious scientific field are mapped out, followed by a normative argument favouring ‘strong’ deliberative democratic control of human life extension research. This proposal incorporates insights from constructive and participatory technology assessment, upstream public engagement and back-casting analysis; to outline a programme of participatory approaches to encourage two-way dialogue between scientific and citizen perspectives, and foster the long-term deliberative democratic governance of this developing field
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-150
Number of pages15
JournalPoiesis und Praxis
Volume7
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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