AUTONOMY, TRUST, AND SERVICE

Human Evolution and Applied Ethics

THE SERVICE VIEW ON ENHANCEMENT

Trust and service should be taken as the central principles in the debate on the ethics of enhancement interventions. The ethically commendable enhancements are those that are used for service and in this way do not erode interpersonal trust. Based on the evolutionary anthropology of prestige and dominance.

Draft manuscript here (under review)

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TRUST IN RELATIONSHIPS

In this semi-popular book I draw on the anthropology, psychology, and sociology of relationships to undermine the idea that autonomy should be the guiding ethical principle for thinking about relationships. Instead I put trust and service central, and work out the implications for gender norms & relationship norms. 

To be published in Dutch by Polis. English-language version will follow.

©2020 by Hugh Desmond.