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Future Morality

David Edmonds



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Oxford University Press
18 November 2021
The world is changing so fast that it's hard to know how to think about what we ought to do. We barely have time to reflect on how scientific advances will affect our lives before they're upon us. New kinds of dilemma are springing up. Can robots be held responsible for their actions? Will artificial intelligence be able to predict criminal activity? Is the future gender-fluid? Should we strive to become post-human? Should we use drugs to improve our intimate relationships -- or to reduce crime? Our intuitions about questions like these are often both weak and confused. David Edmonds has put together a philosophical task force to get to grips with these challenges. Twenty-nine philosophers present provocative and engaging pieces about aspects of life today, and life tomorrow -- birth and death, health and medicine, brain and body, personal relationships, wrongdoing and justice, the internet, animals, and the environment. The future won't look the same when you've finished this book.
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Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   344g
ISBN:   9780198862086
ISBN 10:   0198862083
Pages:   288
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Future People 1.Future versus Present Morality - Hazem Zohny 2.How Should We Value the Health of Future People? - Bridget Williams 3.Can Alt-Meat Alter the World? - Anne Barnhill and Ruth R. Faden Future Lives 4.Abolishing Gender - Brian D. Earp 5.The Future of Friendship - Rebecca Roache 6.Avatars - Erica L. Neely Future Machines 7.Predictive Policing - Seumas Miller 8.AI in Medicine - Angeliki Kerasidou and Xaroula (Charalampia) Kerasidou 9.Robots and the Future of Retribution - John Danaher 10.AI and Decision-Making - Jess Whittlestone 11.The Future Car - David Edmonds Future Communication 12. The Future of Privacy - Carissa Veliz 13.Persuasive Technology - James Williams 14.Conspiracy Theories? - Steve Clarke Future Bodies 15.Mind-reading and Morality - Stephen Rainey 16.Love Drugs - Julian Savulescu 17.Technology to Prevent Criminal Behavior - Gabriel De Marco and Thomas Douglas 18.Artificial Wombs - Dominic Wilkinson and Lydia Di Stefano 19.Genetic Immunisation - Tess Johnson and Alberto Giubilini 20.Genome Editing in Livestock - Katrien Devolder 21.Brain Stimulation and Identity - Jonathan Pugh Future Death 22.What Is Death? - Mackenzie Graham 23.Should We Freeze Our Bodies for Future Resuscitation? - Francesca Minerva 24.Posthumans - Anders Sandberg

David Edmonds is Distinguished Research Fellow at Oxford University's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over a dozen books including the bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker (with John Eidinow), The Murder of Professor Schlick, Would You Kill The Fat Man?, and the children's book Undercover Robot (with Bertie Fraser). He is the host of Philosophy247 and Social Science Bites, and with Nigel Warburton he co-hosts Philosophy Bites (, which has had over 42 million downloads worldwide.

Reviews for Future Morality

Future Morality, edited by David Edmonds, brings together twenty-nine crack ethicists (the promotional materials refer to them as a philosophical task-force ) to tackle novel ethical challenges - the moral problems of the future. . . . Readers will be hard-pressed to find a better introduction to a range of contemporary moral problems. * Simone Gubler, Times Literary Supplement * Overall, there is a lot to like in this book... The prose is readable and refreshingly jargon-free... and provides information one wouldn't necessarily come across in general-interest publications. * Antoinette LaFarge, Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America * In this wide-ranging anthology, philosopher Edmonds... brings together some of the brightest minds in philosophy and ethics to discuss the future... This comprehensive overview of looming ethical issues goes a long way toward equipping readers with the tools to work out their own answers to sticky questions. * Publisher's Weekly *

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