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Which Life; What Enhancement? A Report on the Enhancing Life Project by William Schweiker and Günter Thomas

Which Life; What Enhancement? A Report on the Enhancing Life Project by William Schweiker and Günter Thomas

In this issue of the Religion and Culture Web Forum Professors William Schweiker (The University of Chicago Divinity School) and Günter Thomas (Ruhr-University Bochum) offer a report on The Enhancing Life Project.  As Professors Schweiker and Thomas explain in the report, "The Enhancing Life Project is a multi-year, international and multi-disciplinary project funded by The John Templeton Foundation through collaboration between The University of Chicago Divinity School and Ruhr University Bochum. The Project has undertaken to address vexing questions seemingly as old as humanity itself and as new as the latest biomedical technologies and neuroscience, namely, what does it mean to enhance human and non-human life, what are the means and strategies to do so, towards what ends, and with respect to what limits, procedural and moral?"

To read the report and learn more about The Enhancing Life Project and the scholars whose work it supports, please click here.(this will download a Word document).

Professor William Schweiker is the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.  His scholarship and teaching engage theological and ethical questions attentive to global dynamics, comparative religious ethics, the history of ethics, and hermeneutical philosophy. A frequent lecturer and visiting professor at universities around the world, he has been deeply involved in collaborative international scholarly projects.

Professor Günter Thomas is Chair of Systematic Theology, Ethics, and Fundamental Theology at Ruhr-University Bochum, where he researches issues of medico-ethics; religion, media, ethics, and public culture; and the relationship between religion, politics, and society.

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