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Treatment for CrimePhilosophical Essays on Neurointerventions in Criminal Justice$
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David Birks and Thomas Douglas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198758617.001.0001

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The Self-Ownership Trilemma, Extended Minds, and Neurointerventions

The Self-Ownership Trilemma, Extended Minds, and Neurointerventions

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(p.140) 7 The Self-Ownership Trilemma, Extended Minds, and Neurointerventions
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Treatment for Crime
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Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198758617.003.0008

Many believe that, ceteris paribus, neurointerventions on convicted criminals that render reoffending less likely are morally more problematic than comparable indirect interventions, such as compulsory attendance at anger management classes. One justification for this view appeals to the putative fact that persons have moral ownership over themselves—their bodies and minds—and that neurointerventions violate or infringe this right. Suppose, however, that the mind is extended outside the skull and spreads into the external world. Because the most important object one owns, inasmuch as one owns oneself, is one’s mind and because claims to original ownership over things outside one’s body are much less plausible than the self-ownership thesis, the extended mind thesis weakens the attraction of the latter thesis. Because the extended mind thesis is true, self-ownership-based arguments for the relevant moral asymmetry are not sound. Admittedly, there are objections to neurointerventions not based on self-ownership, but these are less attractive, often based on contingent empirical facts, and, in some cases, might also be weakened by the extended mind thesis.

Keywords:   authenticity, Andy Clark, David Chalmers, extended mind thesis, Neil Levy, neurointervention, recidivism, self-determination, self-ownership

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