Michele Farisco

Michele Farisco

PhD student
Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy

Michele Farisco is part of CRB's neuroethics research team. He was recently appointed Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy in Italy. He holds a degree in Philosophy from University of Naples "L'Orientale" in 2003, a PhD in "Ethics and Anthropology. History and Foundation" from University of Lecce in 2008 and a Master degree in Biolaw from the University of Rome "Lumsa" in 2009. He spent time on an exchange grant from the European Neuroscience and Society Network within the European Science Foundation joining the Coma Science Group of the University of Liège (Belgium). He is the head of the "Science and society" research unit of Biogem Genetic Research Centre in Ariano Irpino (Italy). He is the author of three books and several articles about posthuman philosophy and philosophical, ethical and legal implications (ELSI) of genetics and neuroscience.

Michele Farisco is currently working on his second PhD about the neuroscience of disorders of consciousness (from laboratory to clinics). He will study the ethical and legal issues emerging from neuroscientific investigation of Disorders of Consciousness and related technological applications. The project is a part of the European Union flagship Human Brain Project.

E-mail: michele.farisco@crb.uu.se
Phone: +46 18 471 65 66

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  • Farisco, Michele; Evers, Kathinka; Changeux, Jean-Pierre

    Drug addiction: from neuroscience to ethics

    Part of Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2018.

    Open access
  • Farisco, Michele

    Filosofía de las Neurociencias.: Cerebro, mente, persona

    Ediciones Universidad Catolica de Salta, 2018.

  • Farisco, Michele; Hellgren Kotaleski, Jeanette; Evers, Kathinka

    Large-scale brain simulation and disorders of consciousness: Mapping technical and conceptual issues

    Part of Frontiers in Psychology, 2018.

    Open access
  • Farisco, Michele; Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka

    Neuroethics: A Conceptual Approach

    Part of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, p. 717-727, 2018.

  • Salles, Arleen; Evers, Kathinka; Farisco, Michele

    Neuroethics and Philosophy in Responsible Research and Innovation: The Case of the Human Brain Project

    Part of Neuroethics, 2018.

    Open access
  • Racine, Eric; Dubljevic, Veljko; Jox, Ralf J.; Baertschi, Bernard et al.

    Can Neuroscience contribute to practical ethics?: A critical review and discussion of the methodological and translational challenges of the neuroscience of ethics

    Part of Bioethics, p. 328-337, 2017.

  • Farisco, Michele; Evers, Kathinka; Salles, Arleen

    The Computational Shift in Neuroscience: A Multifaceted Neuroethical Analysis

    Part of AJOB Neuroscience, p. W4-W5, 2017.

  • Farisco, Michele; Evers, Kathinka

    The ethical relevance of the unconscious

    Part of Philosophy Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, 2017.

    Open access
  • Farisco, Michele; Laureys, Steven; Evers, Kathinka

    The Intrinsic Activity of the Brain and Its Relation to Levels and Disorders of Consciousness

    Part of Mind and Matter, p. 197-219, 2017.

    Open access
  • Evers, Kathinka; Salles, Arleen; Farisco, Michele

    Theoretical Framing of Neuroethics: The Need for a Conceptual Approach

    Part of Debates About Neuroethics: Perspectives on Its Development, Focus, and Future, p. 89-107, 2017.

Neuroethics & Philosophy of the Brain

The CRB neuroethics research team is an international, multi-disciplinary group. Our backgrounds allow us to approach these issues from theoretical, philosophical, social, bio-political and clinical perspectives. We collaborate closely with neuroscientists to understand the ethical and philosophical questions that neuroscience brings. In this report, we provide a summary of our research. The report was updated in November 2016.

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Neuroethicxs & philosophy of the brain

Finding hidden awareness

Patients with disorders that affect their consciousness are often unable to communicate. Sometimes there is a hidden awareness somewhere in the patient’s brain, but how do we find it? Michele Farisco is Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, doing his second PhD in Neuroethics.

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