Neuroethics and Responsible Research & Innovation

Drawing from the brain sciences, philosophy of mind, ethics, and the social sciences, neuroethics aims to provide answers to some of the ethical issues raised by the transfer of brain knowledge to various contexts, including medicine, law, philosophy, and health and social policy.

Since its appearance as an organized field, neuroethics has taken different forms according to the methodological approaches used and the topics addressed. In their research, Kathinka EversMichele Farisco, and Arleen Salles identify three main methodological approaches of contemporary neuroethics, namely neurobioethics, empirical neuroethics, and conceptual neuroethics.

The general aim of this project is to broaden the field of neuroethics and contribute to the ongoing discussion on the nature of the field. In particular, the aims are to identify and characterize the main features of a particular conceptual approach, ”fundamental neuroethics”, to show the relevance of this approach for both the empirical and human sciences; and to show the need for foundational reflection when engaging in any kind of neuroethical discussion. Furthermore, we have been using our neuroethical approach to enhance extant Responsible Research and Innovation frameworks.

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Selected publications

  • Article in journal

    Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka; Farisco, Michele

    The Need for a Conceptual Expansion of Neuroethics

    Part of AJOB Neuroscience, p. 126-128, 2019.

    Open access
  • Article in journal

    Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka; Farisco, Michele

    Neuroethics and Philosophy in Responsible Research and Innovation: The Case of the Human Brain Project

    Part of Neuroethics, p. 201-211, 2019.

    Open access
  • Article in journal

    Farisco, Michele; Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka

    Neuroethics: A Conceptual Approach

    Part of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, p. 717-727, 2018.

  • Chapter in book

    Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka

    Social Neuroscience and Neuroethics: A Fruitful Synergy

    Part of Neuroscience and Social Science: The Missing Link, p. 531-546, 2017.

  • Chapter in book

    Evers, Kathinka; Salles, Arleen; Farisco, Michele

    Theoretical Framing of Neuroethics: The Need for a Conceptual Approach

    Part of Debates About Neuroethics: Perspectives on Its Development, Focus, and Future, p. 89-107, 2017.

  • Article in journal

    Evers, Kathinka

    The contribution of neuroethics to international brain research initiatives

    Part of Nature Reviews Neuroscience, p. 1-2, 2017.

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. We are planning an update in the autumn 2020. 

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