Abolitionism (bioethics)

Abolitionism (Bioethics)

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Abolitionism is a bioethical school and movement which proposes the use of biotechnology to maximize happiness and minimize suffering while working towards the abolition of involuntary suffering. “Abolition” is used for the name of this movement, in the context of “the abolition of suffering".

The Abolitionist Society is a non-profit foundation and forum, founded in 2002, dedicated to the advancement of this philosophy.


In this context, Abolitionism (in the context of abolishing many forms of suffering, not to be confused with the anti-slavery movement that sought to abolish slavery of the same name) is inspired by Jeremy Bentham’s utilitarian ethic, but goes a step further in that it is more principally inspired by the tenets of negative utilitarianism. Philosopher David Pearce’s abolitionist manifesto, “The Hedonistic Imperative”, serves as both an inspiration for the group’s theories and as a demonstration of how the world can convert Abolitionist philosophy into reality.

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