, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 145–148 | Cite as

Freedom of Memory Today

  • Adam KolberEmail author
Brief Communication


Emerging technologies raise the possibility that we may be able to treat trauma victims by pharmaceutically dampening factual or emotional aspects of their memories. Such technologies raise a panoply of legal and ethical issues. While many of these issues remain off in the distance, some have already arisen. In this brief commentary, I discuss a real-life case of memory erasure. The case reveals why the contours of our freedom of memory—our limited bundle of rights to control our memories and be free of outside control—already merit some attention.


Neuroethics Memory Therapeutic forgetting Propranolol Propofol Freedom of memory President's Council on Bioethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.University of San Diego School of LawSan DiegoUSA

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