Drawing from the brain sciences, philosophy of mind, ethics, and the social sciences, neuroethics aims to provide answers to some of the ethical issues raised by the transfer of brain knowledge to various contexts, including medicine, law, philosophy, and health and social policy.

Since its appearance as an organized field, neuroethics has taken different forms according to the methodological approaches used and the topics addressed. In their research, Kathinka Evers, Michele Farisco, and Arleen Salles identify three main methodological approaches of contemporary neuroethics, namely neurobioethics, empirical neuroethics, and conceptual neuroethics.


The general aim of this project is to broaden the field of neuroethics and contribute to the ongoing discussion on the nature of the field. In particular, the aims are to identify and characterize the main features of a particular conceptual approach, ”fundamental neuroethics”, to show the relevance of this approach for both the empirical and human sciences; and to show the need for foundational reflection when engaging in any kind of neuroethical discussion.


Evers K, Salles, A., Farisco, M. Theoretical framing of neuroethics: the need for a conceptual approach. In: Racine E, Aspler, J., editor. Debates about Neuroethics: perspectives on its development, focus and future. Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing; 2017.

Farisco M, Evers K., Salles, A. Fundamental neuroethics ten years later: an overview of the field. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. Forthcoming.

Salles A, Evers, K. Social neuroscience and Neuroethics: A Fruitful Synergy. In: Ibanez A, Sedeno, L., Garcia, A., editor. Social Neuroscience and Social Science: The Missing Link: Springer; forthcoming 2017.

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