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Title: Neurocivilizzazione
Authors: Sommaggio, Paolo
Keywords: Neurolaw (reductive)neuroethicsnormalityinvoluntary treatmentdirect brain intervention
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Paolo Sommaggio, "Neurocivilizzazione", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XVI (2014) 2, pp. 130-168
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XVI (2014) 2
Neuroscience develops a particular idea of civilization: a neuro-civilization; whereby improvements of society are brought about by certain strategies. Firstly, through a definition of the role of the neuroscientists in Courts and Public debates. Secondly it creates new paradigms in these cultural debates about the structure of Society and the Law. And finally through reductive neuro-law characterized by the progressive substitution of traditional normative sources with new neuroscientific standards. Thus, the more the neuroscientific establishment justifies itself in its attempt to define standards of normality (for example), the more the possibility opens up of invasive interventions with unpredictable effects upon the patient, which stray perhaps involuntarily from the paradigms of direct intervention. Such questions mask a fundamental importance, since there is a risk that a certain neuroscientific idea of normality imposes itself not for deeper theoretical reasons, but for dangerous current practices.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2014) XVI/2

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