|Title:||Religious perspectives on the use of psychopharmaceuticals as an enhancement technology|
|Citation:||Fitzpatrick, S.J., Jordens, C.F.C., Kerridge, I.H., Keown, D., Walter, J.J., Nelson, P., Abdalla, M., Lehmann L. S., & Sarma, D. (2014) Religious perspectives on the use of psychopharmaceuticals as an enhancement technology. Journal of Religion and Health, 53: 1440:1455.|
|Abstract:||The use of psychopharmaceuticals as an enhancement technology has been the focus of attention in the bioethics literature. However, there has been little examination of the challenges that this practice creates for religious traditions that place importance on questions of being, authenticity and identity. We asked expert commentators from six major world religions to consider the issues raised by psychopharmaceuticals as an enhancement technology. These commentaries reveal that in assessing the appropriate place of medical therapies, religious traditions, like secular perspectives, rely upon ideas about health and disease and about normal human behavior. But unlike secular perspectives, faith traditions explicitly concern themselves with ways in which medicine should or should not be used to live a ‘good life’. KEYWORDS: Enhancement; bioethics, psychopharmacology, religion|
|Type of Work:||Article|
|Type of Publication:||Post-print|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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