Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science

Essential Readings in Neuroethics (Foreword by Walter Glannon, Ph.D)

Edited by Walter Glannon, Ph.D.

Paperback • $15.95 • 350 pages 
ISBN: 978-1932594256
Published August 2007

Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science is an authoritative record of the emerging ideas that are defining neuroethics. Edited by University of Calgary philosophy professor Walter Glannon, it is an essential reference for anyone who wants to understand how these issues have taken shape.

Contributors include Adina Roskies, writing on neuroethics for the New millennium, Martha J. Farah and Paul Root Wolpe on monitoring and manipulating brain function, Antonio Damasio on the neural basis of social behavior, and Alan Leshner on ethical issues in taking neuroscience research from bench to bedside. Other thinkers represented in this collection are British Medical Research Council Chairman Colin Blakemore, Patricia Smith Churchland, Arthur Caplan, Paul McHugh, and Anjan Chatterjee.

This book will be indispensable to readers curious about how discoveries in brain science are stirring up classicand newquestions of ethics.

This new volume is the fifth in the Dana Foundation Series on Neuroethics.

Part I:  Foundational Issues

William Safire, Visions for a New Field of Neuroethics

Adina Roskies, Neuroethics for the New Millenium

Martha J. Farah, Emerging Ethical Issues

Martha J. Farah and Paul Root Wolpe, Monitoring and Manipulating Brain Function: New Technologies

Donald Kennedy, Neuroscience and Neuroethics

Part II:  Professional Obligation and Public Understanding

Colin Blakemore, From the Public Understanding of Science to

Scientists Understanding of the Public

Alan Leshner, Taking Neuroscience Research from Bench to Bedside

John Timpane, Models for the Neuroethical Debate in the Community

Part III: Neuroimaging

Judy Illes, Neuroethics in a New Era of Neuroimaging

Judy Illes, et al., Managing Incidental Findings

Jennifer Kulynych, Human Subjects Protection, Medical Privacy, and the Public Communication of Research Results

Alen Mamourian, Incidental Findings

July Illes and Eric Racine, A Challenge Informed by Genetics

Lynette Reid and Francoise Baylis, Brains, Genes, and the Making of the


Part IV:  Free Will, Moral Reasoning, and Responsibility

Antonio Damasio, The Neural Basis of Social Behavior

Patricia Smith Churchland, Reflections on the Neural

Basis of Morality

Michael Gazzaniga, My Brain Made Me Do It

Stephen J.Morse, New Neuroscience, Old Problems: Legal Implications

W. D. Casebeer, Moral Cognition and Its Neural Constituents

J. D. Greene, From Neural Is to Moral Ought

Part V:  Psychopharmacology

President’s Council on Bioethics, Better Memories?

Walter Glannon, ³Psychopharmacology and Memory²

Arthur Caplan and Paul McHugh, Shall We Enhance? A Debate

Martha J. Farah, et al., Neurocognitive Enhancement

Anjan Chatterjee, ³The Promise and Predicament of Cosmetic Neurology²

Part VI. Brain Injury and Brain Death

Guy McKhann, ³Brain Death in an Age of Heroic Medicine²

Joseph J. Fins, An Ethical Stereotaxy for Severe Brain Injury

N.D. Schiff and J. J. Fins, Hope for Comatose Patients

Joseph J. Fins, ³Rethinking Disorders of Consciousness

Epilogue: Steven Rose, Ethics in a Neurocentric World


"Walter Glannon’s book, Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science: Essential Readings in Neuroethics, captures well the debates that have engaged neuroethics and provides a thorough introduction to the field...The essays show a clear awareness of the socially-situated nature of the ethical implications of our increasingly sophisticated understanding of the brain. It is an excellent overview of the current state of neuroethics."
    –Journal of Ethics in Mental Health