The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 18, Issue 3, Autumn 2018

Sean O’Brien
Pages 465-486

Pursuing Authenticity by Changing the Body

Although body alterations, including body art, sexual alteration, technological enhancements, and cosmetic surgery, usually are evaluated separately, they also can be approached by identifying common cultural trends. Because a person’s conception of identity lies at the core of many body alterations, any change to the body must pursue sincere authenticity, the virtue that fulfills one’s true identity.