Guy Kahane

Guy Kahane

Role or Position

Dr Guy Kahane is Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (Administration). Kahane is also Deputy Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and research fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. Kahane will be University Lecturer in Practical Ethics from 2014.

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Academic Background

Dr Kahane has a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Tel Aviv University and BPhil and DPhil degrees in Philosophy from Oxford University. Kahane has held several postdoctoral positions at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and was also previously Fulford Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford.

Research Interests

Dr Kahane's interests range from meta-ethics and value theory to practical ethics. He has written about pain, well-being, disability, human enhancement, ethical issues in the use of neuroimaging, and on evolutionary and neuroscientific accounts of morality. Kahane is also actively engaged in empirical research with neuroscientists and psychologists. Kahane is currently pursuing a 5-year research project on ‘Well-Being, Consciousness, and Moral Decision-Making’, funded by a Wellcome Trust University Award, and a 3-year project on ‘Intuition and Emotion in Moral Decision-Making: Empirical Research and Normative Implications,’ funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Research Leader in Neuroscience of Morality and Decision-Making.
Further Researcher in Cognitive Enhancement; Borderline Consciousness and Severe Neurological Impairment.

Publications include

1.   Kahane, G., Shackel, N. (2008), ‘Do Abnormal Responses Show Utilitarian Bias?’ Nature, 452: 7185

2.   Kahane, G., Savulescu, J. (2009), ‘Brain-Damaged Patients and the Moral Significance of ConsciousnessThe Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 33: 1-21

3.   Kahane, G. (2010), ‘Feeling Pain for the Very First Time: The Normative Knowledge ArgumentPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research, 80 (1): 20-49

4.   Kahane, G. (2010), ‘Evolutionary Debunking ArgumentsNoûs

5.   Kahane, G., Shackel, N. (forthcoming), ‘Methodological Problems in the Neuroscience of Moral JudgmentMind and Language

6.   Savulescu, J., ter Meulen, R., Kahane, G. (eds.), Enhancing Human Capacities, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell Publishers (in press; expected publication: January 2011)


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Intuition and Emotion in Moral Decision-Making: Empirical Research and Normative Implications (Volkswagen Foundation)

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