Brain, Body, and Mind: Neuroethics with a Human Face

Paperback | May 8, 2013

byWalter Glannon

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This book is a discussion of the most timely and contentious issues in the two branches of neuroethics: the neuroscience of ethics; and the ethics of neuroscience. Drawing upon recent work in psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery, it develops a phenomenologically inspired theory ofneuroscience to explain the brain-mind relation. The idea that the mind is shaped not just by the brain but also by the body and how the human subject interacts with the environment has significant implications for free will, moral responsibility, and moral justification of actions. It also providesa better understanding of how different interventions in the brain can benefit or harm us. In addition, the book discusses brain imaging techniques to diagnose altered states of consciousness, deep-brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, and restorative neurosurgery for neurodegenerative diseases. It examines the medical and ethical trade-offs of these interventions in thebrain when they produce both positive and negative physical and psychological effects, and how these trade-offs shape decisions by physicians and patients about whether to provide and undergo them.

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This book is a discussion of the most timely and contentious issues in the two branches of neuroethics: the neuroscience of ethics; and the ethics of neuroscience. Drawing upon recent work in psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery, it develops a phenomenologically inspired theory ofneuroscience to explain the brain-mind relation. The ...

Walter Glannon is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199315795

ISBN - 13:9780199315796

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Our Brains Are Not Us2. Neuroscience, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility3. What Neuroscience Can (and Cannot) Tell Us about Criminal Responsibility4. Neuroscience and Moral Reasoning5. Cognitive Enhancement6. Brain Injury and Survival7. Stimulating Brains, Altering Minds8. Regenerating the BrainNotesReferencesIndex