In Benjamin D. Young & Carolyn Dicey Jennings (eds.), Mind, Cognition, and Neuroscience: A Philosophical Introduction (forthcoming)

Katrina L. Sifferd
Elmhurst College
Joshua VanArsdall
Elmhurst College
Neuroethics is the body of work exploring the ethical, legal, and social implications of neuroscience. This work can be separated into two rough categories. The “neuroscience of ethics” concerns a neuroscientific understanding of the brain processes that underpin moral judgment and behavior. The “ethics of neuroscience” refers to the potential impact advances in neuroscience may have on the ethical principles that should guide brain research, treatment of brain disease, and cognitive enhancement. The Contemporary Issues section of this chapter will consist of two sub-sections corresponding to these categories: one on what neuroscience can tell us about human ethics and the other on the ethics of neuroscientific applications.
Keywords Neuroethics   free will   responsibility   dual-process theory   cognitive enhancement
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