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  • i The Seventh Annual Joint Applied and Urban Ethics Conference at Rutgers University—Newark, in Spring 2006, had the rather telling title: ‘Perfect’ Minds in 'Perfect’ Bodies: The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement.

  • ii My point here is reminiscent of a similar one made by Susan Wolf in her important article ‘Moral Saints.’4

  • iii This is, in fact, one of the main themes of my article ‘Is Living Longer, Living Better?5

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