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A theory of the super soldier

The morality of capacity-increasing technologies in the military

By Jean-François Caron

A theory of the super soldier
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4364-8
  • Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £23.50
  • Published Date: October 2019
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / International relations, Politics, International relations, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Military Science, Ordnance, Weapons Technology, Ethical Issues & Debates, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics

Description

Throughout history, states have tried to create the perfect combatant with superhuman physical and cognitive features that are akin to those of comic book superheroes. However, the current innovations have nothing to do with the ones from the past and their development goes beyond a simple technological perspective. On the contrary, they are raising the prospect of a human enhancement revolution that will change the ways with which future wars will be fought and may even profoundly alter the foundations upon which our modern societies are built on. This book, which discusses the full ethical implications of these new technologies, is a unique contribution for students and scholars who care about the morality of warfare.

Contents

Introduction
1 Conceptual clarifications: distinguishing capacity-restoring and capacity-increasing technologies
2 The moral obligation of soldiers' enhancement research
3 Military capacity-increasing technologies and their consequences
4 The ethics of developing capacity-increasing technologies
5 Permanent capacity-increasing technologies and the transhumanist danger
Conclusion
Index

Author

Jean-François Caron is Associate Professor of Political Science at Nazarbayev University

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