Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health
Seven vices of neuroethics: the pseudo-neuroscience bias against ethical realism
*Corresponding author: Howard Ducharme
Department of Philosophy, University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA
F1000Posters 2011, 2: 1849 (slide presentation) [English]
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Neurobioethics: The Human Person at the Center of Neuroscience, Ethics, Law and Society 2012 Summer Course in Bioethics, 2 - 13 Jul 2012, 51
Are there any moral facts or moral things in the world? Ethical realism argues yes; ethical anti-realism argues no. Ethical anti-realism is currently the dominant view in neuroethics, and this is problematic.
In this presentation, seven problems in neuroethics that adopt or assume ethical anti-realism (ethical naturalism) are identified and briefly explained. The neuroscience of ethical realism is briefly outlined and defended; the moral things that exist are directly known self-conscious moral agents, i.e. real persons.
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