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NeuroethicsDefining the issues in theory, practice, and policy$
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Judy Illes

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567219.001.0001

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Brains, lies, and psychological explanations

Brains, lies, and psychological explanations

(p.51) Chapter 4 Brains, lies, and psychological explanations

Tom Buller

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the following question: If we adopt the view that it is the brain that feels, thinks, and decides, then how do we accommodate commonsense explanations of human behavior and the notion that we are intentional rational agents capable of voluntary action? It argues that there are limits to the coexistence of folk psychology (and the notion that we are intentional rational agents) and neuroscience. It explores how neuroethics must accommodate both science and ethics and, drawing on contemporary studies of deception, lies, and others, urges an awareness of the limitations of neuroscience in determining thought and defining responsibility for actions.

Keywords:   neuroscience, brain, consciousness, rationality, mind, neuroimaging

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