Ethics of neuroenhancement: A phantom debate
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BettinaSchöne-Seifert, DaviniaTalbot, UweOpolka and Johann SAch (eds.), Neuro-Enhancement. Ethik vor neuen Herausforderungen, Paderborn: mentis, 2009, £33.38, ISBN: 978-3-89785-602-8.
With their book Neuro-Enhancement: Ethik vor neuen Herausforderungen, the editors Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Davinia Talbot, Uwe Opolka, and Johann S. Ach have delivered a collection of articles providing a cross-section of the ongoing debate over cognitive and mood enhancement in Germany. As a pharmacopsychologist working on the neurochemistry of cognition and emotion I have followed this debate for several years now and I have felt uneasy about it from the start. What follows might rather be a perspectival response to the presented volume than a classical book review. But considering the current proliferation of publications on the ethics of neuroenhancement it seems about time to call into question some of the pharmacological and epidemiological presumptions on which this emergent body of literature –...
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