A Study on Sandel’s Ethical Thoughts of Technology from the Philosophy of Lao Zi
International Journal of Philosophy
Volume 5, Issue 3, June 2017, Pages: 30-35
Received: Jul. 19, 2017;
Published: Jul. 19, 2017
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Wang Guoyu, Department of Philosophy of Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
Chen Xiaodong, Department of Philosophy of Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
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While acknowledging the benefits of technological progress to mankind, Sandel has also made a careful reflection on the human attempt to use technology (especially genetic technology) to change natural attributes. In his view, Muscle enhancement, memory enhancement, height enhancement and gender selection: those four bio-engineering examples have revealed their importance for the first time, In the increasingly advanced technology, people are showing an unprecedented fanatical worship and pursuit of technology. From the transformation of the objective world, to the transformation of the cognitive world, and then to the transformation of people themselves, In human use of technology to seek perfection, is hidden a deep ethical crisis. On Sandel's Ethical Thoughts of Technology from the perspective of Lao Zi's philosophy, these results suggest that there are lots of mutual echoes between Lao Zi's philosophy and Sandel's Ethical Thoughts of Technology, which make the two sides could inspire and learn from each other.
Sandel, Genetic Technology, Opposition to Perfection
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A Study on Sandel’s Ethical Thoughts of Technology from the Philosophy of Lao Zi, International Journal of Philosophy.
Vol. 5, No. 3,
2017, pp. 30-35.
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