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  ::  Expanding the Frontiers of Neuroethics

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The importance of neuroethics has grown substantially through recent neuroscientific advances and the challenges they encounter. Neuroethics deals with our consciousness and sense of self, and the values that this self develops: it is an interface between the empirical brain sciences, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, ethics and the social sciences. It is also the study of the questions that arise when scientific findings about the brain are carried into philosophical analyses, medical practice, legal interpretations, health and social policy.

Scientific developments may lead to profound changes in fundamental concepts such as human identity, self, integrity, responsibility and freedom, as well as in neuroscience’s views on the human mind moving away from conceiving the brain as a passive, artificial input-output network towards a view of the brain as awoken and projective matter.

Neuroethics is a subject that raises questions that are relevant for a wide range of academic disciplines and professions. Modern neuroscience has brought new knowledge of the human brain and the human neuro-cultural identity that are important not only from scientific, or philosophical, but also from medical, legal and social perspectives. These seminars in neuroethics cover a range of moral, social, and legal issues emerging from the brain sciences and related biotechnologies.


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