Forget Me Not: The Neuroethical Case Against Memory Manipulation

Forget Me Not: The Neuroethical Case Against Memory Manipulation

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Overview

The first philosophical monograph on the ethics of memory manipulation (MM), Forget Me Not: The Neuroethical Case Against Memory Manipulation contends that any attempt to directly and intentionally erase episodic memories poses a grave threat to the human condition that cannot be justified within a normative moral calculus. Grounding its thesis in four evidential effects – namely, (i) MM disintegrates autobiographical memory, (ii) the disintegration of autobiographical memory degenerates emotional rationality, (iii) the degeneration of emotional rationality decays narrative identity, and (iv) the decay of narrative identity disables one to seek, identify, and

act on the good – DePergola argues that MM cannot be justified as a morally licit practice insofar as it disables one to seek, identify, and act on the good. A landmark achievement in the field of neuroethics, this book is a welcome addition to both the scholarly and professional community in philosophical and clinical bioethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622736942
Publisher: Vernon Art and Science
Publication date: 04/05/2019
Series: Cognitive Science and Psychology
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Peter A. DePergola II, Ph.D., M.T.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, and Director of Clinical Ethics at Baystate Health. An acclaimed author, educator, and speaker, he holds secondary appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Sacred Heart University, and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. DePergola's many publications span the fields of philosophy, theology, medicine, bioethics, and medical humanities.

Table of Contents

ABSTRACT

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

FOREWORD: NEUROETHICS & MEMORY MANIPULATION

1. INTRODUCTION: THE FALSE HOPE OF DELIBERATE FORGETTING

2. THE NEUROSCIENCE OF MM: PRACTICES AND POSSIBILITIES, PROPONENTS, AND PROBLEMS

3. THE CASE AGAINST EPISODIC DISINTEGRATION: THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY FOR ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

4. THE CASE AGAINST AFFECTIVE DEGENERATION: THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF EMOTIONAL RATIONALITY FOR ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

5. THE CASE AGAINST NARRATIVE DECAYING: THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF NARRATIVE IDENTITY FOR ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

6. CONCLUSION: THE TERMINAL NORMLESSNESS OF MEMORY MANIPULATION

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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