Nicholas Agar

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Professor School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2020


  • BA Auckland
  • MA Victoria University of Wellington
  • PhD ANU


Nick Agar has an MA from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the ANU. He has been teaching at Victoria University of Wellington since 1996.

More information can be found on Nick's personal website.

Research areas

Nick Agar’s main research interests are in the ethical implications of the digital revolution, the meaning of technological progress, and the ways in which genetic and cybernetic technologies may change us.

Selected publications


The Sceptical Optimist: Why Technology Isn’t the Answer to Everything (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits (MIT Press, 2014).

Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2010).

Liberal Eugenics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004).

Perfect Copy (Cambridge: Icon, 2002).

Life’s Intrinsic Value (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001).


Teaching in 2020