Cognitive Enhancement: Ethical and Policy Implications in International Perspectives

ISBN : 9780199396818

Fabrice Jotterand; Veljko Dubljevic
376 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
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There is a growing literature in neuroethics dealing with cognitive neuro-enhancement for healthy adults. However, discussions on this topic tend to focus on abstract theoretical positions while concrete policy proposals and detailed models are scarce. Furthermore, discussions appear to rely solely on data from the US or UK, while international perspectives are mostly non-existent. This volume fills this gap and addresses issues on cognitive enhancement comprehensively in three important ways: 1) it examines the conceptual implications stemming from competing points of view about the nature and goals of enhancement; 2) it addresses the ethical, social, and legal implications of neuroenhancement from an international and global perspective including contributions from scholars in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America; and 3) it discusses and analyzes concrete legal issues and policy options tailored to specific contexts.


Chapter 1: Introduction
By Fabrice Jotterand and Veljko Dubljevic
Chapter 2: Towards a more banal neuroethics
By Neil Levy
Chapter 3: Why less praise for enhanced performance?
Moving beyond responsibility-shifting, authenticity, and cheating, towards a nature-of-activities approach
By Filippo Santoni de Sio, Nadira Faber, Julian Savulescu, and Nicole A. Vincent
Chapter 4: Moral enhancement, Neuroessentialism, and Moral Content
By Fabrice Jotterand
Chapter 5: Cognitive/neuroenhancement through an Ability Studies Lens
By Gregor Wolbring and Lucy Diep
Chapter 6: Defining Contexts of Cognitive (Performance) Enhancements: Neuroethical Considerations, and Implications for Policy
By John R. Shook and James Giordano
Chapter 7: Cognitive enhancement: A South African Perspective
By Dan J. Stein
Chapter 8: Cognitive enhancement: A Confucian perspective from Taiwan
By Kevin Chien-Chang Wu
Chapter 9: Enhancing Cognition in the 'Brain Nation': An Israeli Perspective
By Hillel Braude
Chapter 10: Cognitive Enhancement Down-Under: An Australian Perspective
By Charmaine Jensen, Brad Partridge, Cynthia Forlini, Wayne Hall and Jayne Lucke
Chapter 11: Cognitive Enhancement in Germany: Prevalence, Attitudes, Moral Acceptability, Terms, Legal Status, and the Ethics Debate
by Sebastian Sattler
Chapter 12: Cognitive enhancement in the Netherlands: Practices, public opinion and ethics
By Maartje Schermer
Chapter 13: Cognitive enhancement in Canada: An overview of conceptual and contextual aspects, policy discussions, and academic research
By Eric Racine
Chapter 14: Cognitive enhancement and the leveling of the playing-field: The case of Latin America
By Daniel Loewe
Chapter 15: Regulating Cognitive Enhancement Technologies: Policy Options and Problems
By Robert H. Blank
Chapter 16: Enhancing with Modafinil: Benefiting or harming society?
By Veljko Dubljevic
Chapter 17: Towards an Ethical Framework for Regulating the Market for Cognitive Enhancement Devices
By Hannah Maslen
Chapter 18: A constitutional Right to Use Thought-Enhancing Technology
By Mark Jonathan Blitz
Chapter 19: Drugs, Enhancements & Rights: Ten Points for Lawmakers to Consider
By Jan-Christoph Bublitz
Chapter 20: Cognitive Enhancement in the Courtroom: What can we learn about the ethics of pharmacological cognitive enhancement by looking at judicial cognition?
By Jennifer A. Chandler and Adam M. Dodek
Epilogue: A Feast of Thinking on the Naturalization of Enhancement Neurotechnology
By Judy Illes

About the author: 

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA, is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Ethics at Regis University and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Switzerland. His scholarship and research interests focus on issues including moral enhancement, neurotechnologies and human identity, the use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry, medical professionalism, and moral and political philosophy.; Veljko Dubljevic, PhD, DPhil, is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neuroethics research unit at IRCM and McGill University in Montreal, and an associate member of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tubingen. He obtained a PhD in political science (University of Belgrade), and after studying bioethics, philosophy and neuroscience (University of Tubingen), he obtained a doctorate in philosophy (University of Stuttgart). His primary research focuses on ethics of neuroscience and technology, and neuroscience of ethics. He has over 30 publications in moral, legal and political philosophy and in neuroethics.

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