Theoretical Framing of Neuroethics: The Need for a Conceptual Approach

  • Kathinka Evers
  • Arleen Salles
  • Michele Farisco
Part of the Advances in Neuroethics book series (AIN)


There are different dominant perspectives, theories, and methodologies within neuroethics, each importantly shaping the identification, understanding, and discussion of the relevant ethical, social, philosophical and scientific issues. In this chapter, we first provide a brief overview of current neuroethical approaches calling attention to a common tendency to underestimate the role and value of conceptual analysis. Against that background, we present and develop the theoretical framework of fundamental neuroethics. Next, we suggest that neuroethics should be built on the sound scientific and philosophical foundations of informed materialism. Finally, we apply the proposed theoretical framework to the neuroethical discussion of brain simulation.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 720270(HBP SGA1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathinka Evers
    • 1
  • Arleen Salles
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michele Farisco
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics (CRB), Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Neuroethics Program CIFBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Biogem Genetic Research CentreAriano Irpino (AV)Italy

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