Relational Agency and Neurotechnology: Developing and Deploying Competency through Intricate Partnerships

Eliza Goddard
University of New South Wales
Timothy Brown's piece "Building Intricate Partnerships with Neurotechnology" makes a valuable contribution to ethical discussion of questions about human identity and agency raised by Deep Brain Stimulation. The paper brings together a number of relational approaches to narrative identity and autonomy, drawing on first-personal empirical accounts, to extend a relational account of agency to include neurostimulators. In doing so, it builds on the contributions relational approaches have made to making sense of changes to aspects of selfhood following neurological intervention while also helpfully reframing concerns away from the threat that DBS may pose to aspects of self-hood. This approach directs...
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