Special Section: Philosophical Issues in Neuroethics
Neuroethics addresses moral, legal, and social questions created or highlighted by theoretical and practical developments in neuroscience. Practices in need of scrutiny currently include at least brain imaging with new techniques, chemical attempts to shift exceptional brain function toward normality, chemical attempts to enhance ordinary brain function beyond normality, and brain manipulation by other methods.
Matti Häyry, Lic.Sc. (soc), is Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy of Law at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and Professorial Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. He is the author of 12 books including Liberal Utilitarianism and Applied Ethics (Routledge, 1994) and Rationality and the Genetic Challenge (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
The research for this paper was conducted as a part of Neuroscience and Norms: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Norms in Neuroimaging (NeuroSCAN) / Ethical Concepts and Norms, a project co-ordinated by Dr Tuija Takala and funded by the Academy of Finland (SA 1124638). An earlier version of my ideas presented here have been published in Finnish in Veikko Launis (ed.), The Good and Bad of Neuroethics/Neuroetiikan hyvä ja paha (Kuopio: UNIpress, 2009).