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.
Phone: +46 18 471 65 66
Recently in media
- Neuroscience of drug addiction highlights policy/ethical issues
Human Brain Project news, 2018-11-22
- On consciousness and the unconscious
BMC On Medicine, 2018-07-27
- Coma patients might feel pleasure and pain like the rest of us
- Føler komapatienter smerte og nydelse ligesom os andre?
- We need a more comprehensive ethics of disorders of consciousness
- Om högteknologiska implantat i hjärnan
Vetenskapsradions veckomagasin, 2017-04-21
Communicating with unconscious patients
The instrumental investigation and assessment of consciousness have witnessed an astonishing progress over the last years. Michele Farisco is looking at the neuroscience of disorders of consiousness.
The Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project is one of the European Community flagship projects and involves over 100 groups. Kathinka Evers leads the philosophical research.
Neuroethics & Neurophilsophy
Any attempt at understanding how the mind and the brain work comes with a set of philosophical, ethical and social issues.
Michele Farisco on the Ethics Blog
Drug addiction as a mental and social disorder
Source: MicFar 2018-12-04
Beyond awareness: the need for a more comprehensive ethics of disorders of consciousness
Source: MicFar 2017-10-23
Searching for consciousness needs conceptual clarification
Source: MicFar 2016-03-15
We aim to broaden the field and contribute to the ongoing discussion on the nature of neuroethics with our conceptual approach to fundamental neuroethics.
We develop new theory of consciousness with notable implication for how the 'unconscious' is conceived.
Developments in neuroscientific techniques and technologies are increasing the capability to assess and affect the structure and functions of the brain. We explore issues emerging from dual use of this research.
Drug addiction: from neuroscience to ethics
Part of Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2018.
Filosofía de las Neurociencias.: Cerebro, mente, persona
Ediciones Universidad Catolica de Salta, 2018.
Large-scale brain simulation and disorders of consciousness: Mapping technical and conceptual issues
Part of Frontiers in Psychology, 2018.
Neuroethics: A Conceptual Approach
Part of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, p. 717-727, 2018.
Neuroethics and Philosophy in Responsible Research and Innovation: The Case of the Human Brain Project
Part of Neuroethics, 2018.
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.
The Computational Shift in Neuroscience: A Multifaceted Neuroethical Analysis
Part of AJOB Neuroscience, p. W4-W5, 2017.
The ethical relevance of the unconscious
Part of Philosophy Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, 2017.
The Intrinsic Activity of the Brain and Its Relation to Levels and Disorders of Consciousness
Part of Mind and Matter, p. 197-219, 2017.
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.
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.