Erik Parens

Erik Parens

Erik Parens is a senior research scholar at The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in Garrison, New York, and wrote Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing, and a Habit of Thinking

Utilitarianism’s Missing Dimensions

Utilitarianism’s Missing Dimensions

In 2001, Joshua Greene and colleagues published a report in Science that helped turn a once-obscure philosophical conundrum involving trolleys into a topic of conversation at scientific conferences, philosophical meetings, and dinner tables across the globe. The report used fMRI technology to probe what is going on in the brains

Erik Parens
Erik Parens
Giving Genes Their Due, But Not More

Giving Genes Their Due, But Not More

A review of Behaving: What’s Genetic, What’s Not, and Why Should We Care? by Kenneth B. Schaffner. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2016), 304 pages. No one gets anxious about using genetics to help explain a medical disease like cancer or heart disease. But using genetics to help explain

Erik Parens
Erik Parens