Does Neuroscience Have Normative Implications?

Country: USA

City: Chicago

Abstr. due: 01.02.2016

Dates: 15.04.16 — 16.04.16

Area Of Sciences: Medicine; Psychology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: NormativeNeuroscience@gmail.com.

Organizers: Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Neuroscience seeks to understand the biological systems that guide human behavior and cognition. Normative ethics, on the other hand, seeks to understand the system of abstract moral principles dictating how people ought to behave. Can neuroscience provide insight into normative ethics, and help us better understand which human actions and judgments are right, and which are wrong?

Researchers across disciplines who are interested in this question are invited to participate in a symposium on April 15-16 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Prospective presenters are asked to submit abstracts of 200-400 words by February 1st, 2016 to NormativeNeuroscience@gmail.com; authors will receive selection decisions by February 28th. Invited speakers include James Giordano (Georgetown University) and Kurt Gray (University of North Carolina).

Presentations should take either 20 or 30 minutes and may address the question directly, or may address the question indirectly, by proposing research programs or discussing neuroscientific research thought to have normative implications. Authors skeptical of the normative significance of neuroscience are encouraged to discuss the scope and limits of neuroscience as it bears on non-normative moral and philosophical questions. Metatheoretical arguments of all kinds—either for or against the view that neuroscience has normative implications—are welcome.

Conference Web-Site: http://ethics.iit.edu/neuroethicsymposium