Professor of Philosophy
Kathinka Evers leads the CRB neuroethics research team. She is a co-director of the EU Flagship Human Brain Project. Her main research focus is neuroethics and the neural basis of consciousness and she teaches an advanced level course in neuroethics. Kathinka Evers conducted her doctoral studies in philosophy at Balliol College, University of Oxford, at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, and at Lund University, Sweden, where she received her doctoral degree in 1991. She has been a research fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford (1994); at the Department of Philosophy and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Colchester (1996-97); invited professor at the University of Tasmania, Hobart (1999), at École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2002), and at Collège de France, Paris (2006-7). For six years (1997-2002) she was the Executive Director for the Standing Committee on Responsibility and Ethics in Science (SCRES) of the International Council for Science (ICSU). She is also division leader for ethical and societal implications of the EU-flagship Human Brain Project. Kathinka Evers has recently been appointed Honorary Professor at Universidad Central de Chile.
Phone: +46 18 471 62 43
Neuroethics & Neurophilsophy
Any attempt at understanding how the mind and the brain work comes with a set of philosophical, ethical and social issues.
The Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project is one of the European Community flagship projects and involves over 100 groups. Kathinka Evers leads the philosophical research.
ELSI-Service for BBMRI.se
We have run ELSI-Services for BBMRI.se (BioBanking and Molecular Resource Infrastructure of Sweden): a national effort for efficient and automated collection of biological material funded by the Swedish Research Council. Now replaced by Biobank Sweden.
Communicating with unconscious patients
The instrumental investigation and assessment of consciousness have witnessed an astonishing progress over the last years. Michele Farisco is looking at the neuroscience of disorders of consiousness.
Pervasive refusal syndrome
Karl Sallin is studying pervasive refusal syndrome as a disorder of consciousness.
Want to take an online course about applied and fundamental neuroethics and discuss clinical perspectives? Application deadline 15 October 2016.
We aim to broaden the field and contribute to the ongoing discussion on the nature of neuroethics with our conceptual approach to fundamental neuroethics.
We develop a conceptual analysis of neuronal epigenesis in relation infant development and education, learning language, and the development of philosophical and religious systems and ethical norms.
We develop new theory of consciousness with notable implication for how the 'unconscious' is conceived.
Developments in neuroscientific techniques and technologies are increasing the capability to assess and affect the structure and functions of the brain. We explore issues emerging from dual use of this research.
Neuroscience and identity
Exploring the issues
We use philosophical tools to analyse the notion of human identity, its meaning and value, and its relation to the debate on human nature.
- Neuroethics (7,5 credits, advanced level)
- Research Ethics and the Philosophy of Science (1,5 credit, postgraduate course for medicine and pharmacy)
- Introduction to Scientific Research (7,5 credits, postgraduate course for medicine and pharmacy)
- Michele Farisco: The neuroscience of disorders of consciousness: from laboratory to clinics
- Karl Sallin:What is it like to be unconscious? Perspectives from Philosophy and Neuroscience with special regards to Resignation Syndrome
- Frida Kuhlau: Dual use and responsible life science research – A bioethical approach (PhD 2013)
Recently in the media
Farisco, Michele; Hellgren Kotaleski, Jeanette; Evers, Kathinka
Large-scale brain simulation and disorders of consciousness: Mapping technical and conceptual issues
Part of Frontiers in Psychology, 2018.
Farisco, Michele; Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka
Neuroethics: A Conceptual Approach
Part of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, p. 717-727, 2018.
Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka; Farisco, Michele
Neuroethics and Philosophy in Responsible Research and Innovation: The Case of the Human Brain Project
Part of Neuroethics, 2018.
Lipina, Sebastián; Evers, Kathinka
Neuroscience of Childhood Poverty: Evidence of Impacts and Mechanisms as Vehicles of Dialog With Ethics
Part of Frontiers in Psychology, 2017.
Evers, Kathinka; Changeux, Jean-Pierre
Proactive epigenesis and ethics - Response
Part of EMBO Reports, p. 1272-1272, 2017.
Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka
Social Neuroscience and Neuroethics: A Fruitful Synergy
Part of Neuroscience and Social Science: The Missing Link, p. 531-546, 2017.
Farisco, Michele; Evers, Kathinka
The ethical relevance of the unconscious
Part of Philosophy Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, 2017.
Farisco, Michele; Laureys, Steven; Evers, Kathinka
The Intrinsic Activity of the Brain and Its Relation to Levels and Disorders of Consciousness
Part of Mind and Matter, p. 197-219, 2017.
Evers, Kathinka; Giordano, James
The Utility- and Use–of Neurotechnology to Recover Consciousness: Technical and Neuroethical Considerations in Approaching the “Hard Question” of Neuroscience
Part of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, p. 1-3, 2017.
Farisco, Michele; Evers, Kathinka; Salles, Arleen
Big Science, Brain Simulation and Neuroethics
Part of AJOB Neuroscience, p. 28-30, 2016.
Neuroethics & Philosophy of the Brain
The CRB neuroethics research team is an international, multi-disciplinary group. Our backgrounds allow us to approach these issues from theoretical, philosophical, social, bio-political and clinical perspectives. We collaborate closely with neuroscientists to understand the ethical and philosophical questions that neuroscience brings. In this report, we provide a summary of our research. The report was updated in November 2016.
Neuroéthique. Quand la matière s'éveille
Evers K, Neuroéthique. Quand la matière s'éveille, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) 2014, originally published by Éditions Odile Jacob, Paris, 2009.
The book has sold out and we offer an author version for download. The book has also been published in Spanish (Evers K, Neuroética. Cuando la materia se despierta, Katz editores, 2010).