Sebastian Knell

Conquering Time - Fundamental Features of a Philosophy of Prolonged Life Spans

(German title: Die Eroberung der Zeit)
ca. 750 pages
Sebastian Knell
Foto: Sebastian Knell
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Sebastian Knell, born 1966, studied Philosophy, Psychology and Literary Studies in Frankfurt/Main and Pittsburgh. From 2011 until 2010, he was a research associate at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Since 2011, he has been working at the Department for Science and Ethics at the University of Bonn.

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Biologists have been tracing the mechanisms of ageing for a long time, and some of them claim that, in the future, science will enable us to slow down ageing processes and thus increase the human life span considerably, maybe even to the point of biological immortality.

But would a significantly longer life be a victory? Or would we age mentally, despite permanent physical fitness? And what about the moral problems that result from unveiling the secret of ageing? For example, would it be unjust if only the rich were able to afford therapies prolonging their life?

Sebastian Knell researches these fundamental questions in his comprehensive philosophical study and reaches clear-cut evaluations that will be of high practical relevance when »anti-ageing« is more than just a magical word for the cosmetics industry at the latest. And that could be the case in the not too distant future.


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