The challenges of neuroethics

Massimo Reichlin Functional Neurology, 22, 4, pp. 235-42 - 2007

Functional NeurologyThis paper presents different conceptions of neuroethics, focusing both on applications of neuroscience aiming to provide access to other people’s minds and on the theoretical study of the neural bases of moral judgement and decision making. It is argued that these studies have not yet seriously undermined the traditional view of humans as moral free agents, nor have they accomplished the radical naturalisation of ethics that is sometimes promised or predicted. A few implications for normative ethics and moral epistemology are also discussed.

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