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Neuroscience, Law and Ethics - PHIL708

This unit examines the implications of developments in the neurosciences and behavioural genetics for our understanding of morally significant cognitive capacities and of conditions, such as addiction or psychopathy, which might impair these capacities and potentially reduce moral or legal responsibility. It addresses the ethical and policy challenges for the law raised by new technologies to assess defendants’ competence and reliability (e.g., improved lie detection techniques) or to intervene in the brain to restore or enhance morally and legally relevant mental capacities. Neurolaw is a new interdisciplinary field and this unit is especially suitable for students with a background in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, law, or bioethics.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

2020 - Next offered in 2020

Staff Contact(s): Professor Jeanette Kennett
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

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