- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-4541-3
- Pages: 280
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £20.00
- Published Date: January 2020
- BIC Category: SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects, MEDICAL / Alternative & Complementary Medicine, MEDICAL / Ethics, SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology, Human Biology, Neurosciences, Philosophy Of Science, Bio-Ethics, Popular Science
What if there were a pill for love? Or an anti-love drug, designed to help us break up?
This controversial and timely new book argues that recent medical advances have brought chemical control of our romantic lives well within our grasp. Substances affecting love and relationships, whether prescribed by doctors or even illicitly administered, are not some far-off speculation - indeed our most intimate connections are already being influenced by pills we take for other purposes, such as antidepressants.
Treatments involving certain psychoactive substances, including MDMA-the active ingredient in Ecstasy-might soon exist to encourage feelings of love and help ordinary couples work through relationship difficulties. Others may ease a breakup or soothe feelings of rejection. Such substances could have transformative implications for how we think about and experience love.
This brilliant intervention into the debate builds a case for conducting further research into "love drugs" and "anti-love drugs" and explores their ethical implications for individuals and society. Rich in anecdotal evidence and case-studies, the book offers a highly readable insight into a cutting-edge field of medical research that could have profound effects on us all.
Will relationships be the same in the future? Will we still marry? It may be up to you to decide whether you want a chemical romance.
'A fascinating account of a future that is starting to unfold right now.'
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
'A fascinating, game-changing scientific argument for the use of unconventional medicines by those struggling with matters of the heart. We all suffer; some even kill or die for love. If "love drugs" can alleviate the pain of rejection, curb domestic abuse, and even enhance feelings of attachment in struggling partnerships, many of the important ideas here could enrich-even save-lives around the world.'
Helen Fisher, author of Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray
Brian D. Earp is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and the Hastings Center and a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.
Julian Savulescu holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics and is Director of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.
2. Love's Dimensions
3. Human Natures
4. Little Heart-Shaped Pills
5. Good Enough Marriages
6. Ecstasy as Therapy
7. Evolved Fragility
8. Wonder Hormone
9. Anti-love Drugs
10. Chemical Breakups
11. Avoiding Disaster
12. Choosing Love
About the Authors