Biotechnology and the Spirit of Capitalism

The New Atlantis, Spring 2006 | Published on

By Eric Cohen

Print Friendly

The moral meaning of capitalism has vexed us for centuries, and the age of biotechnology has only added to the perplexities. From selling human eggs to marketing impotence drugs to reality television shows about cosmetic surgery, bio-capitalism is becoming increasingly important. Eric Cohen looks back at capitalism’s origins and ahead to capitalism’s future, and wonders whether the new commerce of the body may force us to reconsider the moral aspirations and moral limits of capitalism itself.

(Click here to read this entire article from the Spring 2006 issue of The New Atlantis.)