Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings (Basic Bioethics) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0262514606
ISBN-10: 0262514605
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An invaluable introduction to a field of growing importance and interest.

(Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought)

[ Neuroethics] nicely captures the most intriguing and contentious issues in neuroethics. It is clearly the best introduction to the field, an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses on the subject, and an essential resource for anyone interested in a wide range of conceptual and practical issues associated with neuroscience and our ability to monitor and manipulate the brain.

(Walter Glannon Neuroethics)

This is a timely and extremely important book. It deals with one of the defining topics of our time: how the new knowledge generated by modern neuroscience overlaps with the domains of law, medicine, and ethics. What can brain scans tell us about lying? Do animals feel pain? Is Ritalin overprescribed? Is cognitive enhancement a good idea? How should we define death? These epic questions don't have easy answers, but this book gives us essential insights into the issues at stake.

(Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide)

The use of new discoveries, principles, and procedures from the neurosciences has outpaced careful analysis and discussion of the unintended consequences and the personal and societal implications of these new applications. Neuroethics underscores the scope and depth of this gap and begins to fill it. This foundational volume is essential reading for those who seek to use the neurosciences to address human problems, those who seek to regulate such applications, and those who simply wish to be able to engage in a rational discussion of the role of the neurosciences in society.

(John T. Cacioppo, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and Director, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, The University of Chicago)

About the Author

Martha J. Farah is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she directs the Center for Neuroscience & Society. She has worked on many topics within neuroscience, including vision, prefrontal function, emotion, and development. In her three decades of research she has witnessed the advent of functional neuroimaging, the burgeoning of cognitive neuroscience, and its expansion into the study of social and affective processes. She is now focusing her attention on the ethical, legal and social implications of these developments.
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Product Details

  • Series: Basic Bioethics
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (July 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262514605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262514606
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARTHA J. FARAH, PhD, is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where directs the Center for Neuroscience & Society, teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and carries out research. In addition to several books on vision and cognitive neuroscience, Martha has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and ranks among the 250 most highly cited psychologists/psychiatrists worldwide.

Martha's current interests include the effects of poverty on children's brain development and 'neuroethics', the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience. Her two most recent books are Neuroethics In Practice (Oxford, co-edited with Anjan Chatterjee) and Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings (MIT Press).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Young Feller on July 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic introduction to the philosphy of modern neuroscience and medicine.
Farah provides a clear, consise introduction in the field of neuroethics, which she notes is a field which deserves its own classification. She follows up with intereting chapters about current ethical delimas, such as non-medical use of cognitive enhancers such as Adderall and also fMRI practices in diagnosing neurodegenerative diseases before they become clinically significant.

As a undergraduate interested in philosophy without a background in bioethical issues, this was a awesome primer for me. The author strikes a great balance between theoretical philosophy and relevant issues in current medical practice. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the future of neuroscience and how it will affect all of our lives. Undergraduates, graduate students as well as pleasure readers will enjoy this book for its novel perspective on an important topic
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jennifer67 on November 7, 2013
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Repetitive generalizations. Much of the text devoted to justifying a need for the book's subject. Much is written from an outsider's perspective with little in the way of concrete examples but lots of hypothetical drama in this overly long text. The included selected readings from active neuroscientists are better than the author's introductions to each main section. The "Mind Wars" covers the subject better, even though neuroethics is not its sole focus.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paige N Taylor on January 27, 2014
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This book was used as the main textbooks in my university level Neuroethics class. While the actual content of the book is interesting and detailed, the grammar, sentence structure, and flow of the book in general is awful. I caught myself reading sentences three or four times just trying to figure out what the author was trying to say. Every sentence was an unfocused jumble of incorrectly used punctuation. A word of advice to teachers, if you want your students to enjoy, or even understand the subject of Neuroethics, find a better piece of literature to teach it with.
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