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The Cognitive Neuroscience of MindA Tribute to Michael S. Gazzaniga$
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Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Kathleen Baynes, George R. Mangun, and Elizabeth A. Phelps

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014014

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.001.0001

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Ethics and the Ethical Brain

Ethics and the Ethical Brain

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(p.223) 15 Ethics and the Ethical Brain
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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind
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Steven Pinker

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.003.0156

This chapter sheds light on the moral and ethical implications of cognitive neuroscience. It not only considers practical issues in the applications of cognitive neuroscience but also focuses on concerns such as the core of political and moral theory and the significance that people attribute to their lives. Michael Gazzaniga’s work, in this regard, has influenced efforts to explore the political and moral implications of the cognitive neuroscience revolution. In it, Gazzaniga made all of the sciences of human nature and their applicability to mental life popular. The author believes that the relationship between politics and the sciences of human nature should be analyzed carefully to delve into emotional reactions and moral inferences drawn from cognitive neuroscience and better ways to respond to them, and that their consequences should be investigated.

Keywords:   ethical implication, cognitive neuroscience, mental life, human nature

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