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Centre Output

Please view this page for details of of Centre Members' output, grouped into:

Open Access Publications: All

Publications: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

High Impact Publications

Media: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Clinical Input: 2009, 2010

Input into Government/Policy: All

Annual Reports: 2009, 2010


Cognitive Enhancement

Savulescu, J., and Persson, I., ‘Moral Enhancement, Freedom and the God Machine,’ The Monist (forthcoming)

Savulescu, J. and Persson, I. (forthcoming 2011) ‘Getting Moral Enhancement Right: The Desirability of Moral Bioenhancement’.  Bioethics (Online first July 2011)

Savulescu, J. and Persson, I. (2011) ‘The Turn for Ultimate Harm: A Reply to Fenton’.  Journal of Medical Ethics Vol. 37 (7): 441- 444 (doi: 10.1136/jme.2010.036962)
Persson, I. and Savulescu, J. (2010) ‘Moral Transhumanism’.  Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (6): pp 656-669, thematic issue on Transhumanism and Bioethics.  doi: 10.1093/jmp/jhq052

Savulescu, J. (2009) ’Human Liberation: Removing Biological and Psychological Barriers to Freedom’. Centro Einaudi Journal, Biblioteca della Liberta no. 196.                

Savulescu, J., ter Meulen, R., Kahane, G. (eds.), Enhancing Human Capacities. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (in press)

Kahane, G. ‘Mastery Without Mystery: Why there is no Promethean Sin in Enhancement’, The Journal of Applied Philosophy, 28, 4: 355-368, 2011.
LEVY, N. Enhancing Authenticity. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 28 (2011), 308-218.

Douglas T, ‘Human Enhancement and Supra-Personal Moral Status’, forthcoming in Philosophical Studies.

Douglas T, ‘Moral Enhancement via Direct Emotion Modulation: A Reply to John Harris’, forthcoming in Bioethics.

Douglas T, Powell R, Devolder K, Stafforini P, Rippon S, ‘Resisting Sparrow’s Sexy Reductio: Selection Principles and the Social Good’, American Journal of Bioethics 2010; 10(7): 16-18.

Borderline Consciousness and Severe Neurological Impairment

Wilkinson, D., and Savulescu, J. (2012) ‘Should We Allow Organ Donation Euthanasia? Alternatives for Maximizing the Number and Quality of Organs for Transplantation’.  Bioethics 26:1: 32- 48.  Published online May 2010.  doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2010.01811.x

Shea, N., Bayne, T. (2010), 'The Vegetative State and the Science of Consciousness,' British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 61 (3): 459-484

Savulescu, J. and Kahane, G. (2009). ‘Brain-Damage and the Moral Significance of Consciousness’. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 34(1): pp 6-26. doi:10.1093/jmp/jhn038

Skene, L., Wilkinson, D., Kahane, G., and Savulescu, J. (2009). ‘Neuroimaging and the Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment from Patients in Vegetative State’. Medical Law Review. 17: 245-261.  doi: 10.1093/medlaw/fwp 002   ISSN: 1464-3790

Wilkinson, D., Kahane, G., Horne, M., and Savulescu, J., (2009). ‘Functional Neuroimaging and Withdrawal of Life-sustaining Treatment from Vegetative Patients’. Journal of Medical Ethics. 35: 508-511.
LEVY, N. Consciousness, Implicit Attitudes and Moral Responsibility. Noûs, forthcoming.
LEVY, N. A role for consciousness after all. Journal of Moral Philosophy, forthcoming.

LEVY, N. What Difference does Consciousness Make? Monash Bioethics Review 28 (2009): 13.1-13.13.

Douglas T, Douglas NM, ‘Absence of Significant Dissent Should be Sufficient for Deceased Donor Organ Procurement in New Zealand’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2009; 33(5): 449-454.

Free Will Moral Responsibility and Addiction

Foddy B. 2011. Addicted to Food, Hungry for Drugs. Neuroethics 4(2): 79-89

Savulescu, J. (2010) ‘Human liberation: Removing biological and psychological barriers to freedom’.  Monash Bioethics Review Vol:29(1) 2010

Foddy, B., Savulescu, J. (2010), 'A Liberal Account of Addiction,' Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry, 17 (1): 1-22

Reprinted (Edited version): Foddy, B., and Savulescu, J. (2011), What is Addiction Binge Thinking 2: 45-53

Foddy, B. and Savulescu, J., (2010). ‘Relating Addiction to Disease, Disability, Autonomy and the Good Life’.  Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, Vol: 17(1) pp 35 - 42

Savulescu, J., (2009) ‘Autonomy, Well-being, Disease, and Disability’.  Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology.  Vol: 16(1) pp.59-65

Savulescu J. and Kahane, G. ‘Disability: A Welfarist Approach’, Journal of Clinical Ethics, 6, 1: 45-51, 2011.

LEVY, N. Forced to be Free? Increasing Patient Autonomy by Constraining It. Journal of Medical Ethics, forthcoming.

LEVY, N. & McKENNA, M. - Recent Developments in Free Will. Philosophy Compass 4 (2009): 96-133.
LEVY, N.  Luck and History-Sensitive Compatibilism, Philosophical Quarterly 59 (2009): 237-251

LEVY, N. What, and Where, Luck Is: A Response to Jennifer Lackey. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2009): 489 – 497.
Foddy B. Addiction and its Sciences — Philosophy. Addiction. 106(1): 25-31

The neuroscience of morality and decision-making

Kahane, G., Wiech, K., Shackel, N., Farias, M., Savulescu, J. and Tracey, I. (2011) ‘The Neural Basis of Intuitive and Counterintuitive Moral Judgement’ Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.  Published online March.  Forthcoming in print.  doi: 10.1093 

Levy, N. and Savulescu, J. (2009) ‘Moral Significance of Phenomenal Consciousness’.  In Laureys, S., Schiff, N. and Owen, A. (eds.) Coma Science: Clinical and Ethical Implications – Progress in Brain Research.  Oxford: Elsevier, pp 361-370. 

LEVY, N. & SAVULESCU, J. The Moral Significance of Phenomenal Consciousness. Progress in Brain Research 117 (2009): 361-370.

Kahane, G., Shackel, N., ‘Methodological Problems in the Scientific Study of Moral Judgment,’ Mind and Language, 25 (5): 561-582 

Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Young, L., Cushman, F. (2010), Moral Intuitions, The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology, Doris, J. and the Moral Psychology Research Group (eds.), New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 246-272

Kahane, G. and Shackel, N. ‘Do Abnormal Responses Show Utilitarian Bias?’ Nature, 452, 7185, 2008 [communication arising].

Wilkinson, D., Kahane, G., and Savulescu, J. ‘“Neglected Personhood” and Neglected Questions’, The American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, 8, 9: 31-33, 2008 [peer commentary

Kahane, G. ‘Should We Want God to Exist?’ Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 82, 3: 774-696, 2011.

Chan, T. and Kahane, G. ‘The Trouble with Being Sincere’, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 41, 2: 215-234, 2011.
Kahane, G. ‘Value and Philosophical Possibility’, forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Kahane, G. ‘Must Evaluative Realism Make a Semantic Claim?’, forthcoming in The Journal of Moral Philosophy.

LEVY, N. Expressing Who We Are: Moral Responsibility and Awareness of our Reasons for Action. Analytic Philosophy, forthcoming.

LEVY, N. Culpable Ignorance And Moral Responsibility: A Reply To FitzPatrick. Ethics 119 (2009): 729-741.
LEVY, N. Autonomy is (Largely) Irrelevant. American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB-Neuroscience) 9 (2009): 50.

LEVY, N. Resisting Weakness of the Will. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (2011): 134-155.

LEVY, N. Changing One’s Mind: The Ethics of Memory Erasure in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Scienza & Filosofia, 5 (2011), 29-49.

Pickard, H. ‘Responsibility without blame: empathy and the effective treatment of personality (2011) Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology 18(3)

Pickard, H. ‘What is personality disorder?’ (2011) Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology 18(3)
Pickard, H.,  The moral content of psychiatric treatment’ (2009) The British Journal of Psychiatry (with Steve Pearce)
Pickard, H. ‘Mental illness is indeed a myth’ (2009) in L. Bortolotti and M. Broome (eds.) Psychiatry as Cognitive Science: Philosophical Perspectives: OUP
Pickard, H. ‘Schizophrenia and the epistemology of self-knowledge’ (2010) The European Journal of Analytic Philosophy (special issue in Classification and Explanation in Psychiatry: Philosophical Issues edited by L. Bortolotti and L. Mucatesi) 


Applied Neuroethics

 Foddy B. 2009. A Duty To Deceive: Placebos in Clinical Practice. American Journal of Bioethics. 9(12):4-12

Douglas T, Savulescu J, ‘Synthetic Biology and the Ethics of Knowledge’, Journal of Medical Ethics 2010; 36(11): 687- 693. Included in Obama Bioethics Commission Briefing Book for meeting on 8-9 July 2010.
Pickard, H. ‘Finding the will to recover: philosophical perspectives on agency and the sick role’ (2010) Journal of Medical Ethics (with Steve Pearce)

Foddy B. 2011. The Ethical Placebo. The Journal of Mind-Body Research. 1(2):53-62

LEVY, N. Neuroethics: Ethics and the Sciences of the Mind. Philosophy Compass 4 (2009): 69-81.
Kadosh, R. C., Levy, N.* joint 1st authors*, O’Shea, J., Shea, N., Savulescu, J., ‘The Neuroethics of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation’.  Current Biology. (Forthcoming 22:4)

Savulescu, J. and Kahane, G. (2011) ‘Disability: A Welfarist Approach’.  Clinical Ethics March 2011 Vol: 6  pp 45-51

Pickard, H., Pearce, S. (2010), 'Finding the will to recover: philosophical perspectives on agency and the sick role,' Journal of Medical Ethics

Kahane, G. ‘Pain, Dislike, and Experience’, Utilitas, 21, 3: 327-336, 2009.

Kahane, G. ‘Non-Identity, Self-Defeat, and Attitudes to Future People’, Philosophical Studies, 145, 2: 193-214, 2009.
Kahane, G. ‘Feeling Pain for the Very First Time: The Normative Knowledge Argument’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 80, 1: 20-49, 2010.
Kahane, G. ‘Evolutionary Debunking Arguments’, Noûs, 45, 1: 103-125, 2011. 
Kahane, G., Wiech, K., Shackel, N., Farias, M., Savulescu J. and Tracey, I. ‘The Neural Basis of Intuitive and Counterintuitive Moral Judgement’, Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2011; doi: 10.1093/scan/nsr005.
Kahane, G. ‘The Armchair and the Trolley: An Argument for Experimental Ethics’, Philosophical Studies, 2011; doi: 10.1007/s11098-011-9775-5.

Shea, N. (2011), ‘Developmental Systems Theory Formulated as a Claim About Inherited Information’, Philosophy of Science, 78(1), pp. 60-82.
Shea, N., Pen, I., Uller, T. (2011), ‘Three epigenetic information channels and their different roles in evolution’, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24, pp. 1178-1187.
Shea, N. (2011), ‘What's Transmitted?  Inherited Information.’ Biology & Philosophy 26(2), pp. 183-189.
Shea, N. (2011) ‘New concepts can be learned’, review essay on Susan Carey, The Origin of Concepts. Biology & Philosophy, 26, pp. 129-139.
Shea, N. (2011), ‘Acquiring a new concept is not explicable-by-content’, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34(3), pp. 148-149.
Shea, N. (forthcoming), ‘Genetic representation explains the cluster of innateness-related properties’, Mind & Language.
LEVY, N. Neuroethics. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, forthcoming.
LEVY, N. The use of animals as models: ethical considerations. International Journal of Stroke, forthcoming.

LEVY, N. Neuromarketing: Ethical and Political Challenges. Etica e Politica 11 (2009): 10-27.
LEVY, N. The Prospects for Evolutionary Ethics Today. Euramerica 40 (2010): 1-44.

LEVY, N. Neuroethics: A New Way of Doing Ethics. American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB-Neuroscience), 2 (2011), 3-9.
LEVY, N. Response to Commentators. American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB-Neuroscience),2 (2011), W1-W4.

LEVY, N. Moore on Twin Earth. Erkenntnis, 75 (2011), 137-146.
LEVY, N. Scientists and the Folk have the same Concepts. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33 (2010):  344

LEVY, N. Searle’s Wager. AI & Society, 26 (2011), 363-369.
LEVY, N. Culture by Nature. Philosophical Explorations, 14 (2011), 237-248.

Douglas T, ‘Intertemporal Disagreement and Empirical Slippery Slope Arguments’, Utilitas 2010; 22(2): 184-197.