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Neuroethics and Neurolaw - PHL802

This unit examines the implications of developments in the neurosciences for our understanding of morally significant cognitive capacities such as deliberation and self-control, and of conditions, such as addiction, which might impair these capacities and reduce moral or legal responsibility. It also addresses ethical and policy challenges for the law raised by, eg, improved lie detection techniques, new methods of assessing mental capacity, and more accurate ways of predicting dangerousness. Parallels will be drawn with similar developments in psychology and behavioural genetics to provide a historical and cross-disciplinary perspective on the role and authority of science in determining normative issues.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

TBD - Not offered in the current year; next offering is to be determined

Staff Contact(s): Philosophy staff

(8cp in PHL or PSY units at 300 level) or (42cp in LAW or LAWS units at 400 or 500 level)  Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

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