Life extension and the burden of mortality : Leon Kass versus John Harris

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Some bioethicists have questioned the desirability of a line of biomedical research aimed at extending the length of our lives over what some think to be its natural limit. In particular, Leon Kass has argued that living longer is not such a great advantage, and that mortality is not a burden after all. In this essay, I evaluate his arguments in favour of such a counterintuitive view by elaborating upon some critical remarks advanced by John Harris. Ultimately, I argue that nothing substantial has been said by Kass to undermine the desirability of life-extending technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-340
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number5
Early online date15 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


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