Neuroethics: Challenges for the 21st Century

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 12, 2007 - Medical
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Neuroscience has dramatically increased understanding of how mental states and processes are realized by the brain, thus opening doors for treating the multitude of ways in which minds become dysfunctional. This book explores questions such as when is it permissible to alter a person's memories, influence personality traits or read minds? What can neuroscience tell us about free will, self-control, self-deception and the foundations of morality? The view of neuroethics offered here argues that many of our new powers to read ,alter and control minds are not entirely unparalleled with older ones. They have, however, expanded to include almost all our social, political and ethical decisions. Written primarily for graduate students, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the more philosophical and ethical aspects of the neurosciences.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Changing our minds
69
3 The presumption against direct manipulation
88
4 Reading mindscontrolling minds
133
5 The neuroethics of memory
157
6 The self of selfcontrol
197
7 The neuroscience of free will
222
8 Selfdeception the normal and the pathological
258
9 The neuroscience of ethics
281
References
317
Index
337
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Neil Levy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Research Fellow at the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences, Oxford. He has published more than fifty articles in refereed journals, as well as four books previous to this one.

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