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Profile: Alexandre Erler (Université de Montréal)
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    Alexandre Erler & Tony Hope (2014). Mental Disorder and the Concept of Authenticity. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 21 (3):219-232.
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    Alexandre Erler (2011). Does Memory Modification Threaten Our Authenticity? Neuroethics 4 (3):235-249.
    One objection to enhancement technologies is that they might lead us to live inauthentic lives. Memory modification technologies (MMTs) raise this worry in a particularly acute manner. In this paper I describe four scenarios where the use of MMTs might be said to lead to an inauthentic life. I then undertake to justify that judgment. I review the main existing accounts of authenticity, and present my own version of what I call a “true self” account (intended as a complement, rather (...)
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    Alexandre Erler (2012). One Man's Authenticity is Another Man's Betrayal: A Reply to Levy. Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (3):257-265.
    This article responds to Neil Levy's recent suggestion that: (1) the use of pharmaceutical enhancers can be understood as promoting our authenticity, no matter which of the two main contemporary conceptions of authenticity we adopt; and that (2) we do not need to decide between these two rival models (the ‘self-discovery’ and the ‘self-creation’ conception) in order to assess the common worry that enhancements will undermine our authenticity. Levy's core argument is based on a comparison between cases of people with (...)
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    Alexandre Erler, Roger Crisp, Guy Kahane & Julian Savulescu, Authenticity and the Ethics of Self-Change.
    This dissertation focuses on the concept of authenticity and its implications for our projects of self-creation, particularly those involving the use of "enhancement technologies" . After an introduction to the concept of authenticity and the enhancement debate in the first part of the thesis, part 2 considers the main analyses of authenticity in the contemporary philosophical literature. It begins with those emphasizing self-creation , and shows that, despite their merits, such views cannot adequately deal with certain types of cases, which (...)
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    Alexandre Erler (2013). ADHD and Stimulant Drug Treatment: What Can the Children Teach Us? Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (6):357-358.
    The treatment of children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder with stimulant drugs has been a subject of controversy for many years, both within and outside bioethics, and the controversy is still very much alive. In her feature article , Ilina Singh, a major contributor to that debate in recent years, brings fresh empirical evidence to bear on it. She uses new data to deal with two key ethical concerns that have been raised about the practice. First, does medicating children with (...)
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  6. Alexandre Erler & Tony Hope (2014). Self-Discovery or Self-Creation: The Dilemma Cannot Be Avoided. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 21 (3):241-242.