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Neuroethics: Defining the Issues in Theory, Practice and Policy 1st Edition

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"All the papers are lucid and thoughtful contributions, and the book deserves to stand as the state of the art in the field for some time to come. It will certainly be an invaluable textbook for anyone teaching this material...I recommend it very highly."--Lancet Neurology

About the Author

Judy Illes is at Senior Research Scholar and Director, Program for Neuroethics, Center for Biomedical Ethics; Senior Research Scholar, Department of Radiology, Stanford University, California, USA.

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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198567219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198567219
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Interestingly it was William Safire, a former columnist of the New York Times, who coined the term 'neuroethics.' This he did in a conference in 2002, wherein he encouraged the participants to 'map the terrain of neuroethics.' This book, consisting of articles by some well-known researchers in cognitive neuroscience and neurophilosophy, outlines some of the major issues in neuroethics. All of the articles are very insightful, and introduce the reader to some of the main issues in neuroethics at the present time. Advances in neuroscience, like those in genomics, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence, have caused great anxiety in some, due to their potential for abuse. Part of the field of neuroethics is concerned with the ethical considerations behind these advances, but part of it also deals with the explanation of ethical standards from a neuroscientific point of view. If a system of ethics is to be practical, it must be compatible with the processes in the brain and the actual decision-making capabilities of the brain. A study of how ethical considerations are processed by the brain will allow insight into the proper conduct of a human being, or at will at least give hints as to what direction to move in performing systematic constructions of ethical systems. This part of neuroethics thus deals with questions that have traditionally been in the realm of philosophy, but it shows promise in giving a scientific "foundation" for ethics.

Every article in this book is extremely interesting, but the one by Patricia Smith Churchland which begins the book is the most interesting of those in the book, at least in the opinion of this reviewer.
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