Kathinka Evers

Kathinka Evers

Kathinka Evers

Professor of Philosophy
Senior Researcher

Kathinka Evers, Professor of Philosophy is senior researcher in philosophy at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University and Professor ad honoram at the Universidad Central de Chile. She conducted her doctoral studies in philosophy at Balliol College, University of Oxford, at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, and at Lund University, Sweden, where she received her doctoral degree in 1991. She has been a research fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford (1994); at the Department of Philosophy and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Colchester (1996-97); and at Centro de Investigaciones Filosoficas, Buenos Aires (since 2012). She was invited professor at the University of Tasmania, Hobart (1999), at École Normale Supérieure on the Chair Condorcet, Paris (2002), and at Collège de France, Paris (2006-7).

Her research focuses on philosophy of mind, neurophilosophy, bioethics and neuroethics. She directs the teaching and research on neuroethics at Uppsala University, where she started the first courses in the subject.

She is also interested in the social responsibility of science, and was for six years (1997-2002) the Executive Director for the Standing Committee on Responsibility and Ethics in Science (SCRES) of the International Council for Science (ICSU). 2008-2014, she acted as Expert in Scientific Review Panels for the ERC on ‘The Human Mind and Its Complexity’. Since her first public lectures at the University of Oxford in 1990, she has lectured extensively at universities and research centres in Europe, the U.S., South America, Asia, and Australia.

E-mail: Kathinka.Evers@crb.uu.se
Phone: +46 18 471 62 43

Research

Teaching

  • Neuroethics (7,5 credits, advanced level)
  • Research Ethics and the Philosophy of Science (1,5 credit, postgraduate course for medicine and pharmacy)
  • Introduction to Scientific Research (7,5 credits, postgraduate course for medicine and pharmacy)

PhD supervision

  • Michele Farisco: The neuroscience of disorders of consciousness: from laboratory to clinics
  • Karl Sallin:What is it like to be unconscious? Perspectives from Philosophy and Neuroscience with special regards to Resignation Syndrome
  • Frida Kuhlau: Dual use and responsible life science research – A bioethical approach (PhD 2013)

Recently in the media

Publications

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

    Anthropomorphism in AI

    Part of AJOB Neuroscience, p. 88-95, 2020.

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

    Towards Establishing Criteria for the Ethical Analysisof Artificial Intelligence

    Part of Science and Engineering Ethics, 2020.

    Open access
  • Pennartz, Cyriel M. A.; Farisco, Michele; Evers, Kathinka

    Indicators and Criteria of Consciousness in Animals and Intelligent Machines: An Inside-Out Approach

    Part of Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 2019.

    Open access
  • Northoff, Georg; Wainio-Theberge, Soren; Evers, Kathinka

    Is temporo-spatial dynamics the “common currency” of brain and mind?: In Quest of “Spatiotemporal Neuroscience”

    Part of Physics of Life Reviews, 2019.

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

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

    Part of Neuroethics, p. 201-211, 2019.

    Open access
  • Salles, Arleen; Bjaalie, Jan; Evers, Kathinka; Farisco, Michele et al.

    The Human Brain Project: Responsible Brain Research for the Benefit of Society

    Part of Neuron, p. 380-384, 2019.

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

    The Need for a Conceptual Expansion of Neuroethics

    Part of AJOB Neuroscience, p. 126-128, 2019.

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

    Drug addiction: from neuroscience to ethics

    Part of Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2018.

    Open access
  • Renzi, Chiara; Provencal, Nadine; Bassil, Katherine C; Evers, Kathinka et al.

    From Epigenetic Associations to Biological and Psychosocial Explanations in Mental Health.

    Part of Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science, p. 299-323, 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

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. We are planning an update in the autumn 2020. 

Download our Neuroethics report

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Neuroéthique. Quand la matière s'éveille

Evers K, Neuroéthique. Quand la matière s'éveille, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) 2014, originally published by Éditions Odile Jacob, Paris, 2009.

The book has sold out and we offer an author version for download. The book has also been published in Spanish (Evers K, Neuroética. Cuando la materia se despierta, Katz editores, 2010).

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