Neural Prosthetics: Neuroscientific and Philosophical Aspects of Changing the Brain

Author:   Walter Glannon (Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Calgary)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
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9780198813910


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   August 2021
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Walter Glannon (Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Calgary)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
ISBN:  

9780198813910


ISBN 10:   0198813910
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   August 2021
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
This item is yet to be released. You can pre-order this item and we will dispatch it to you upon its release.

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Medicine is never more fraught than when it tinkers with brain and mind. In lucid, fascinating, and compelling prose Walter Glannon shows why implantable brain devices must refashion how we see autonomy, moral responsibility, and personal identity. Glannon's rare ability to translate cutting-edge science and his unique philosophical insight make this a definitive text on the ethics and metaphysics of neural prosthetics. * Paul Biegler, Monash Bioethics Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia * Glannon has provided a remarkably accessible, lucid, and comprehensive overview of ethical issues in neuroprosthetics. The book is a wide-ranging, timely, and balanced examination of the state of the field and of the kinds of questions with which we all need to begin to grapple. * Eran Klein, Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington, USA * Technologies that interact directly with the brain in service of a therapeutic aim, such as brain-computer interfaces for control of external devices and neural prosthetics for memory, offer the potential to alleviate suffering and enhance the autonomy of those who make use of them. However, these devices also bring with them serious ethical concerns and raise questions of philosophy of mind. This important monograph expertly synthesises a large body of scientific literature relating to neuroprosthetics, and in response, engages in rigorous and insightful philosophical reflection. The book is both excellent and timely, and can and should be drawn on by a wide range of readers including scholars of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and medicine, as well philosophers and law academics. * Allan McCay, Deputy Director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney, Australia * This book provides a succinct but comprehensive introduction to all major neural prosthetics and their philosophical implications. It is informative, thought-provoking, and timely for an age when neural technologies are rapidly advancing while the conversations between scientists, clinicians, ethicists, and the general public are still lacking. * Dong Song, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, USA *


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Walter Glannon is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. Previously he held academic appointments at McGill University and the University of British Columbia. He has also been a clinical ethicist at three hospitals. He is the author or editor of 11 books, including Biomedical Ethics (2005), Bioethics and the Brain (2006), Brain, Body and Mind: Neuroethics with a Human Face (2011) and Psychiatric Neuroethics: Studies in Research and Practice (2019), all with OUP.

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