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Life-extending enhancements and the narrative approach to personal identity
  1. Andrea Sauchelli
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Sauchelli, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong; andreasauchelli{at}


Various debates on the desirability and rationality of life-extending enhancements have been pursued under the presupposition that a generic psychological theory of personal identity is correct. I here discuss how the narrative approach to personal identity can contribute to these debates. In particular, I argue that two versions of the narrative approach offer good reasons to reject an argument against the rationality of (certain forms of) life-extending enhancements.

  • enhancement
  • persons
  • quality/value Of life/personhood
  • self-constituting narrative approach
  • relational narrative approach

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