- Notes on the Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- Brain Reading: Decoding Mental States From Brain Activity In Humans
- The Neurobiology of Pleasure and Happiness
- The Neurobiological Basis of Morality
- Development of the Adolescent Brain: Neuroethical Implications for the Understanding of Executive Function and Social Cognition
- Neural Foundations to Conscious and Volitional Control of Emotional Behavior: A Mentalistic Perspective
- Neural Correlates of Deception
- Understanding Disorders of Consciousness
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Covert Awareness, and Brain Injury
- Genetic Determinism, Neuronal Determinism, and Determinism Tout Court
- The Rise of Neuroessentialism
- A Neuroscientific Approach to Addiction: Ethical Concerns
- The Neurobiology of Addiction: Implications for Voluntary Control of Behavior
- Neuroethics of Free Will
- Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement
- Cognitive Enhancement
- Chemical Cognitive Enhancement: Is it Unfair, Unjust, Discriminatory, or Cheating for Healthy Adults to Use Smart Drugs?
- Cognitive Enhancement in Courts
- Neuroethics and the Extended Mind
- Does Cognitive Enhancement Fit with the Physiology of Our Cognition?
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Defining A Spectrum Disorder and Considering Neuroethical Implications
- Why Neuroethicists are Needed
- Intersecting Complexities in Neuroimaging and Neuroethics
- Pediatric Neuroimaging Research
- Ethical Issues in Functional Neurosurgery: Emerging Applications and Controversies
- Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation As A Therapeutic And Investigative Tool: An Ethical Appraisal
- Deep Brain Stimulation For Treatment-Resistant Neuropsychiatric Disorders
- The Ethical Issues of Trials of Neural Grafting in Patients with Neurodegenerative Conditions
- The Ethics Of Nano/Neuro Convergence
- Neurobiological And Neuroethical Perspectives On The Contribution Of Functional Neuroimaging To The Study Of Aging In The Brain
- Clinical Research On Conditions Affecting Cognitive Capacity
- Ethical Concerns And Pitfalls In Neurogenetic Testing
- Neuroethical Issues In Early Detection Of Alzheimer’S Disease
- the neuroethics of cognitive reserve
- Ethical Issues In The Management Of Parkinson’S Disease
- The Other Ethical Challenge of Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Future Scoping: Ethical Issues In Aging And Dementia
- Incidental Findings In Neuroscience Research: A Fundamental Challenge To The Structure Of Bioethics And Health Law
- What Will Be the Limits of Neuroscience-based Mindreading in the Law?
- For The Law, Neuroscience Changes Nothing And Everything
- New Directions In Neuroscience Policy
- Women’s Neuroethics
- Public Representations Of Neurogenetics
- Brain Trust: Neuroscience and national security in the 21st century
- Neuroplasticity, Culture, and Society
- Neuroscience and neuroethics in the 21st century
- Neuroscience and the media: ethical challenges and opportunities
- Ethical issues in Educational Neuroscience: Raising children in a Brave New World
- From The Internationalization To The Globalization Of Neuroethics: Some Perspectives And Challenges
- Global Health Ethics
- Ethical Perspectives: Clinical Drug Trials In Developing Countries
- Learning About Neuroethics Through Health Sciences Online: A Model For Global Dissemination
- Neuroethics And The Lure of Technology
- Subject Index
- Author Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article analyses neuronal determinism (neurodeterminism) and mentions that at first sight it appears to be a type of qualified determinism. Neurodeterminism is better conceived as determinism tout court when it is applied to human beings. It differs importantly from genetic determinism, together the two views that are often regarded as similar in form if not in content. Moreover, the article examines the question of genetic determinism, because it is a paradigm of qualified determinism. It then explains the meaning of determinism tout court, its relation with the notions of “free will” and “responsibility,” and the debate about their alleged incompatibility. It provides an understanding of what neurodeterminism consists of, shows that it should be conceived as determinism tout court when it is applied to human beings, imparting an empirical turn to a very old metaphysical conundrum.
Philosophy, University of Geneva
Bernard Baertschi graduated from the University of Fribourg and obtained his doctoral degree in Philosophy at the University of Geneva in 1979. He is presently Maître d’Enseignement et de Recherche at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Geneva. He is currently working on the ethics of biotechnologies and on neuroethics.
Ethics History Humanitites Institute, University of Geneva
Alexandre Mauron was initially trained as a molecular biologist at the University of Lausanne (Ph.D, 1978) and was a postdoctoral fellow in developmental biology at Stanford. He then moved to the field of bioethics during the late 1980s. He is presently a Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Geneva. Professor Mauron is currently working on various bioethical issues, including stem cell research, neuroethics, and enhancement.
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