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The Concept of Mind in the Neuroprotection Debate

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Part of the Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment book series (ETHICSSCI,volume 49)

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The rapid development of neurotechnologies with unprecedented access to neural data has motivated the creation of legal frameworks aiming at protecting the general public from their possible misuses. In a pioneering action, the Senate of Chile has recently published the first ever Bill for the Creation of Neurorights. This bill promises to protect “the human mind.” Here, I argue that there are good reasons to demand a clarification of the way in which the notion of “mind” is conceptualized within the bill in order to avoid fundamental problems. After that, I explore an alternative way in which the concept of mind can be integrated into the legal debate including anthropological, biological and subjective (phenomenal) elements that might respect the different pre-theoretical intuitions and dimensions that motivate the neuroprotection crusade.

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  • Mind
  • Neuroprotection
  • Neurorights
  • Person

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López-Silva, P. (2022). The Concept of Mind in the Neuroprotection Debate. In: López-Silva, P., Valera, L. (eds) Protecting the Mind. Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment, vol 49. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94032-4_2

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