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Evaluating Ethical Frameworks for the Assessment of Human Cognitive Enhancement Applications

  • Ellen-Marie Forsberg
  • Clare Shelley-Egan
  • Erik Thorstensen
  • Laurens Landeweerd
  • Bjorn Hofmann

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Clare Shelley-Egan, Erik Thorstensen, Laurens Landeweerd, Bjorn Hofmann
    Pages 1-5
  3. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Clare Shelley-Egan, Erik Thorstensen, Laurens Landeweerd, Bjorn Hofmann
    Pages 7-14
  4. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Clare Shelley-Egan, Erik Thorstensen, Laurens Landeweerd, Bjorn Hofmann
    Pages 15-29
  5. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Clare Shelley-Egan, Erik Thorstensen, Laurens Landeweerd, Bjorn Hofmann
    Pages 31-44
  6. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Clare Shelley-Egan, Erik Thorstensen, Laurens Landeweerd, Bjorn Hofmann
    Pages 45-57
  7. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Clare Shelley-Egan, Erik Thorstensen, Laurens Landeweerd, Bjorn Hofmann
    Pages 59-62

About this book

Introduction

This book offers the policy-maker or decision-maker key insights and practical information regarding the features of ethics frameworks best suited to the ethical assessment of human cognitive enhancement (HCE) applications, such as pharmaceutical cognitive enhancers and noninvasive brain stimulation techniques. This book takes as its departure point the entrenched philosophical debate between opponents and proponents of HCE and the increased feasibility of some applications of HCE. Recent calls for policy-making in the area of human enhancement reflect the need to find a balance between addressing current ethical issues and issues that are more speculative in nature or are underpinned by abstract philosophical concepts. Practical ethical approaches for policy or decision-making should enable the development of an evidence base for the risks and benefits of HCE applications. Moreover, such practical approaches should also incorporate a broader range of value bases that would facilitate convergence regarding certain decisions and judgements. This book identifies and evaluate tools that help us to go beyond polarised philosophical debates in order to assist practical decision makers in concrete ethical deliberation and decision-making. The focus is on systematic methods with which to identify relevant ethical values and assess the impacts of an HCE application on those values in order to facilitate decision-making regarding the ethical acceptability or desirability of the application. 

Keywords

Human Enhancement Human Cognitive Enhancement Ethical Framework Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancers Noninvasive Brain Stimulation

Authors and affiliations

  • Ellen-Marie Forsberg
    • 1
  • Clare Shelley-Egan
    • 2
  • Erik Thorstensen
    • 3
  • Laurens Landeweerd
    • 4
  • Bjorn Hofmann
    • 5
  1. 1.Research Group on Responsible InnovationOslo and Akershus University College, Work Research InstituteOsloNorway
  2. 2.Research Group on Responsible InnovationOslo and Akershus University College, Work Research InstituteOsloNorway
  3. 3.Research Group on Responsible InnovationOslo and Akershus University College, Work Research InstituteOsloNorway
  4. 4.Research Group on Responsible InnovationOslo and Akershus University College, Work Research InstituteOsloNorway
  5. 5.Norwegian University of Science and Tech GjøvikNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-53823-5
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-53822-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53823-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-8101
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-811X
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