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Bioethics and the Brain$
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Walter Glannon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307788

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307788.001.0001

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(p.179) Epilogue
Bioethics and the Brain

Walter Glannon (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This epilogue presents a synthesis of discussions in the preceding chapters. It emphasizes five general points that should frame any discussion of what measures of or interventions in the brain can or cannot tell us about human mentality, thought, and behavior, and whether or to what extent we should use them. These are (i) that no two brains are alike; (ii) that although the brain generates and sustains the mind, the mind is not reducible to the brain; (iii) that before we consider manipulating the brain to alter mental capacities, we should consider how these capacities may be adaptive; (iv) that neuroscience can inform our ethical judgments; and (v) that whole-brain death is not the same as the death of a person.

Keywords:   brain, neuroethics, mind, neuroscience, brain death

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