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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Thursday, September 15, 2011

An Icarian Arc: From Therapy to Enhancement to Self-Harm?

The publication of The Philosophy of Viagra: Bioethical Responses to the Viagrification of the Modern World, edited by Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, has capped a series of recent responses to medical technology at the borders of normal human functioning and enhanced experience. The editor diagnoses Viagra "as the drug of a capitalist society convinced that any efficient medication approved by the state signifies progress and higher levels of happiness." He asserts a skepticism that Pascal Bruckner and Michel Foucault would each find congenial (in their own ways). The book looks to be an excellent theoretical companion to Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman. Men might want to consider reading either book before resorting to "pills marketed as male sexual enhancement supplements," since they "sometimes contain up to seven times the recommended dose" of "sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra." [FP]

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