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The Applicability of Psychological and Moral Distinctions in an Emerging Neuroscientific Framework
Nada Gligorov

In Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man, Sellars ([1963] 1991) argues that the conceptual framework of persons, what we might call commonsense psychology, should be joined to, and not merely reconciled with, science. This joining would be achieved by viewing science in general, and scientific psychology in particular, not as an “alien appendage to the world in which we live in,” but as s...

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What Patients With Behavioral-Variant Frontotemporal Dementia Can Teach Us About Moral Responsibility
R. Ryan Darby, Judith Edersheim & Bruce H. Price

Moral and legal responsibility is diminished in neuropsychiatric patients who lack the capacity to use reasoning to determine morally appropriate behavior. Patients with behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), however, develop immoral behaviors as a result of their disease despite the ability to explicitly state that their behavior is wrong. In order to determine whether bvFTD patients...

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Manipulating Human Memory Through Reconsolidation: Ethical Implications of a New Therapeutic Approach
James Elsey & Merel Kindt

Memories are fundamental to human experience: We are in many ways the products of our pasts, recorded in memory. The influence of memory over current experience is both a blessing and a curse, for just as we find solace in the remembrance of times past, we may also be plagued by pathological memories. Such maladaptive memories are a core feature of several psychiatric conditions, from anxiety diso...

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