Neuroscience and Personhood

Authors

  • Dan Ernst

Abstract

The concept‘personhood’lies at the center of contemporary disputes concerning whether certain biological interventions are ethical. Thus, if‘personhood’could be located or its existence evidenced by observa-tions available to biologists, then each of these controversies could be resolved in biology’s own terms. I argue that this is a fruitless task. The attempt to track down a material object,‘personhood,’reveals ignoran-ce of an important metaphysical presupposition underlying contempo- rary culture’s Cartesian/ Kantian concept of‘personhood.’

Author Biography

Dan Ernst

Philosophy Department, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Published

2008-03-31

Issue

Section

Independent Articles