Neuroethics: Challenges for the 21st Century by Neil Levy

Neuroethics: Challenges for the 21st Century by Neil Levy

Neuroscience has dramatically increased understanding of how mental states and processes are realized by the brain, thereby opening doors for treating the multitude...

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Neuroethics: Challenges for the 21st Century

Neuroscience has dramatically increased understanding of how mental states and processes are realized by the brain, thereby opening doors for treating the multitude of ways in which minds become dysfunctional. This book explores questions such as: When is it permissible to alter a person's memories, influence personality traits, or read minds? What can neuroscience tell us about free will, self-control, self-deception, and the foundations of morality?

The view of neuroethics offered here argues that many of our new powers are continuous with much older abilities to alter minds. They have, however, expanded to include almost all our social, political and ethical decisions. Written primarily for graduate students, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the more philosophical and ethical aspects of the neurosciences.

About the Author:
Neil Levy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Australia