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Moral Enhancement Via Direct Emotion Modulation

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Credit Value: 2
Exam Questions: 20
Passing Grade: 15 correct
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Course Description:
This course is based upon material published in the journal Bioethics and is available as an open access article on Wiley online library.
 
ABSTRACT
Some argue that humans should enhance their moral capacities by adopting institutions that facilitate morally good motives and behavior. I have defended a parallel claim: that we could permissibly use biomedical technologies to enhance our moral capacities, for example by attenuating certain counter-moral emotions. John Harris has recently responded to my argument by raising three concerns about the direct modulation of emotions as a means to moral enhancement. He argues (1) that such means will be relatively ineffective in bringing about moral improvements, (2) that direct modulation of emotions would invariably come at an unacceptable cost to our freedom, and (3) that we might end up modulating emotions in ways that actually lead to moral decline. In this article I outline some counter-intuitive potential implications of Harris’ claims. I then respond individually to his three concerns, arguing that they license only the very weak conclusion that moral enhancement via direct emotion modulation is sometimes impermissible. However I acknowledge that his third concern might, with further argument, be developed into a more troubling objection to such enhancements.
 
 
This course on the ethics and moral enhancement is useful for psychologists, nurses, social workers, professional counselors, and chemical dependency counselors who work with clients and need continuing education. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of ethics, moral enhancement and emotion modulation. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require ethics course credits and are interested in learning more about emotion modulation and moral enhancement.  
 
Authors: Douglas
 
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding ethics and moral enhancement. Specifically, a professional will:
·         Describe methods for moral enhancement
·         Identify potential concerns for moral enhancement via emotion modulation
·         Identify the potential utility of moral enhancement via emotion modulation
 
Citation:   Douglas, (2013).  Moral enhancement via direct emotion modulation: A reply to John Harris.  Bioethics. V 27 N 3 pp 160-168
 
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