Description
NEUROETHICS
This course is an introduction to ethical, social, and philosophical issues in the neurosciences and brain research. As the American Medical Association has noted, "The rapidly evolving field of neuroethics ethical issues involving neurologic and psychiatric conditions" is concerned with the great promise of newer technologies as well as the ethical questions that they will pose about autonomy, privacy, the definition of "normal" and the nature of individuality. The topics to be covered include (1) neurological and brain enhancement, (2) ethical and policy issues related to neuroimaging, (3) mind control and "mindreading", (4) free will and responsibility, (5) criminal culpability and "dangerous brains", and (6) neurodevelopment and the emergence of personhood and the self. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Details
Grading Basis
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Units
3
Component
Lecture - Required
Offering
Course
HPS 1626
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Typically Offered
Spring