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Review of Gregg D. Caruso and Owen Flanagan (eds.), Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, & Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience, Oxford University Press, 2018, 392pp., ISBN: 9780190460730


In this review, I offer an overview of of the questions that caught my attention while reading Neuroexistentialism. I aim to make it clear why the issues that are raised in this volume are worth exploring in more detail. I also hope to clarify the limitations that are imposed by neural and social constraints, and to recommend ways of anchoring a third wave of existentialism in our understanding of neuroscience, our expanding sense of cultural variation, and our emerging recognition of the contingency of even our most deeply sedimented ways of perceiving and acting in the world.

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Thanks to Carl B. Sachs for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this review.

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Huebner, B. Review of Gregg D. Caruso and Owen Flanagan (eds.), Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, & Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience, Oxford University Press, 2018, 392pp., ISBN: 9780190460730. Neuroethics 12, 213–220 (2019).

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  • Neuroexistentialism
  • Free will
  • Moral psychology
  • Sociality