OPEN Foundation

Day: 16 October 2018

Psychedelic Moral Enhancement

Abstract

The moral enhancement (or bioenhancement) debate seems stuck in a dilemma. On the one hand, the more radical proposals, while certainly novel and interesting, seem unlikely to be feasible in practice, or if technically feasible then most likely imprudent. But on the other hand, the more sensible proposals – sensible in the sense of being both practically achievable and more plausibly ethically justifiable – can be rather hard to distinguish from both traditional forms of moral enhancement, such as non-drug-mediated social or moral education, and non-moral forms of bioenhancement, such as smart-drug style cognitive enhancement. In this essay, I argue that bioethicists have paid insufficient attention to an alternative form of moral bioenhancement – or at least a likely candidate – that falls somewhere between these two extremes, namely the (appropriately qualified) use of certain psychedelic drugs.
Earp, B. D. (2018). Psychedelic moral enhancement. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements83, 415-439., 10.1017/S1358246118000474
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Research ethics aspects of experimentation with LSD on human subjects: a historical and ethical review.

Abstract

In this paper our aim is to examine whether research conducted on human participants with LSD-25 (lysergic acid diethylamide) raises unique research ethical questions or demands particular concerns with regard to the design, conduct and follow-up of these studies, and should this be the case, explore and describe those issues. Our analysis is based on reviewing publications up to date which examine the clinical, research and other uses of LSD and those addressing ethical and methodological concerns of these applications, just as some historical examinations of this subject. The first chapters of the paper give an overview regarding the history of LSD-research with human participants, healthy volunteers and patients alike. The remaining chapters have a focus on questions regarding the potential ethical issues of such human trials in the contemporary research ethics framework. We also consider briefly political and regulatory issues regarding this substance that possibly affect its clinical and research applications.
Bodnár, K. J., & Kakuk, P. (2018). Research ethics aspects of experimentation with LSD on human subjects: a historical and ethical review. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 1-11., 10.1007/s11019-018-9871-9
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4 October - Online psychedelic Q&A with Rick Doblin (founder and president of MAPS)

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