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Neuroethics

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 263–265 | Cite as

Review of Martha J. Farah, ed., Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010, xv+379 pp. $70 US (cloth), $35 US (paper)
  • Walter GlannonEmail author
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As a cognitive neuroscientist, Martha Farah has done ground-breaking work on the neural bases of vision and memory. More recently, she has been exploring the effects of childhood poverty on brain development, as well as patient-based approaches to cognitive neuroscience. Farah is also a pioneer in neuroethics, having authored or co-authored a number of original and influential papers on topics in both the ethics of neuroscience and the neuroscience of ethics. Thus her book, Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings, is a welcome and valuable contribution to this interdisciplinary field. In the Preface, she describes the book as “a kind of hybrid between a single-author book and a reader” (xiii). Farah’s overview and introductions to the thematic sections that make up the first component of this hybrid are largely responsible for the success of the book. Unlike what one finds in many anthologies, these are not mere summaries of articles but informative, stimulating, and at times...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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