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A theory of the super soldier: the morality of capacity-increasing technologies in the military

A theory of the super soldier: the morality of capacity-increasing technologies in the military

Caron, Jean-François, author; Manchester University Press, publisher

Throughout history, states have tried to create the perfect combatant with superhuman physical and cognitive features that are akin to those of comic book superheroes. However, the current innovations have nothing to do with the ones from the past and their development goes beyond a simple technological perspective. On the contrary, they are raising the prospect of a human enhancement revolution that will change the ways with which future wars will be fought and may even profoundly alter the foundations upon which our modern societies are built on. This book, which discusses the full ethical implications of these new technologies, is a unique contribution for students and scholars who care about the morality of warfare

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Published Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: by Jean-François Caron
ISBN: 1526117789, 9781526117779, 9781526117786
Intended audience: Students and scholars in the field of war ethics.
Note: Includes index.
Note: Description based on print record.
Note: Description based on publisher's webpage, viewed on August 09, 2018.
Language note: In English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 119 pages) : digital file(s).
System: Mode of access: internet via World Wide Web.
System: System requirements: Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader (latest version recommended), Internet Explorer or other browser (latest version recommended).
Other Number: 10.7765/9781526117786
Series: Manchester Security, Conflict & Peace
Subject: Society and social sciences / Politics and government; Politcs & government International relations.; International relations; Military art and science Technological innovations.; POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2018. Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
Other formats: Also available in print form.


  1. Introduction
  2. 1. Conceptual clarifications: distinguishing capacity-restoring and capacity-increasing technologies
  3. 2. The moral obligation of soldiers' enhancement research
  4. 3. Military capacity-increasing technologies and their consequences
  5. 4. The ethics of developing capacity-increasing technologies
  6. 5. Permanent capacity-increasing technologies and the transhumanist danger
  7. Conclusion
  8. Index.