8.3376 Neuroethics


Type Language Semester Credits Hours Room Time Term Year
S e 3 4 2 DD HH-HH W 2018
Blockkurs 19., 20., 26., 27.10.2018 und 02. + 03.11.2018
BSc: optional compulsory (Wahlpflichtbereich)
BSc examination field: Philosophy of Cognition / of Mind (KOGW-WPM-PHIL)
MSc: Major subject
MSc major: Philosophy of Mind and Cognition


Prerequisites: Philosophy of Mind The goal of this seminar is to equip you with knowledge about advances in neuroscience and their ethical, legal and societal impacts (ELSIs), including the knowledge of how to analyze and evaluate these ELSIs. As our objectives, we will consider the personal and societal consequences of the use of cognitively enhancing drugs, memory dampening techniques, brain stimulation, and neural prostheses. We will also critically examine the current and potential use of neuroimaging data in the legal system as a means to assess a personâ€ös memories, truthfulness, culpability, and the probability of future criminal behavior. We will wrestle with the profound implications of scientistsâ€ö newfound ability to measure neural signatures of conscious awareness in putatively vegetative patients. We will explore the ethical issues raised by neural and genetic biomarkers that can predict the onset of crippling neurodegenerative diseases. And we will debate the ethics of neuromarketing. Weâ€öll pursue these themes with four kinds of learning activity: 1) Assigned readings, 2) short introductionary presentations, 3) classroom discussions, 4) and a written collaborative project. There will be weekly assigned readings, many of which will come from a book called Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings (ed. M. Farah). Itâ€ös a relatively inexpensive paperback, available from Amazon, and gives you a sample of many different authorsâ€ö writings. Classroom discussion time will be used in the usual way: to present the contents of the assigned readings (by the students), to clarify points of confusion, explore different perspectives on the issues, and generally scratch whatever intellectual itches you might have felt when reading and viewing the assigned work. For the group project, we will build a kind of “pro-¬con” website for neuroethics. For samples, check out the original site here: http://www.procon.org/

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