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When biological ageing is desirable? A reply to García-Barranquero et al
  1. Joona Räsänen
  1. CEPDISC - Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joona Räsänen, CEPDISC - Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark; joona.rasanen{at}ps.au.dk

Abstract

García-Barranquero et al explore the desirability of human ageing. They differentiate between chronological and biological views of ageing and contend that the positive aspects of ageing are solely linked to chronological ageing. Consequently, the authors embrace the potential for technological interventions in biological ageing. Contrary to their stance, I argue that there are sometimes desirable aspects associated with biological ageing. Therefore, proposals aiming to eliminate, mitigate or diminish biological ageing are not without problems.

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Footnotes

  • Contributors JR is the sole author of this work.

  • Funding This study was funded by the Danish National Research Foundation(DNRF 144).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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