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To Fail to Enhance is to Disable
Philosophical Reflections on Disability (2009)
  • Muireann Quigley, University of Manchester
  • John Harris, University of Manchester

It is sometimes said that, while we have an obligation to cure disease and prevent or ameliorate disability, we do not have an obligation to enhance or improve upon a normal healthy life. Indeed it is often said that not only do we have no obligation to enhance we have a positive duty not to do any such thing. Enhancements are often, perhaps most usually considered anathema (Sandel, 2004). In this paper we argue against this assertion and maintain that not only does such an obligation exist, but also where it is possible to confer upon one’s child certain health advantages or enhancements then to fail to enhance is in fact to disable them.

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Engelhardt, H.T.
Springer Science
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Muireann Quigley and John Harris. "To Fail to Enhance is to Disable" Philosophical Reflections on Disability (2009)
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