Neuroethics Bibliography

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The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's position or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with all sides of the relevant issues.

Neuroethics (General) | Scientific Perspectives | Philosophical Perspectives | Clinical and Policy


Neuroethics (General)

  • Battro, Antonio M., Kurt W. Fischer, and Pierre J. Léna, eds. The Educated Brain: Essays in Neuroeducation. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Bernat, James L. Ethical Issues in Neurology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.
  • Clausen, Jens and Neil Levy, eds. Handbook of Neuroethics. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • Farah, Martha J. Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.
  • Illes, Judy, and B.J. Sahakian. Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Legrenzi, Paolo and Carlo Umilta. Neuromania: On the Limits of Brain Science. Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Levy, Neil. Neuroethics: Challenges for the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Moffett, Shannon. The Three-pound Enigma: The Human Brain and the Quest to Unlock Its Mysteries. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2006.
  • Oakley, Barbara. Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2007.

Out of Print

  • Marcus, Steven J. Neuroethics: Mapping the Field. Washington, DC: Dana, 2004.
  • Sirius, R.U. True Mutations. Oakland, CA: Pollinator, 2007.


Scientific Perspectives

  • Gazzaniga, Michael S. The Ethical Brain: The Science of Our Moral Dilemmas. Washington, DC: Dana, 2005.
  • Glannon, Walter. Bioethics and the Brain. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • ———. Brain, Body, and Mind: Neuroethics with a Human Face. Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • ———, ed. Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science: Essential Readings in Neuroethics. Washington, DC: Dana, 2007.
  • Iacoboni, Marco. Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
  • Kandel, Eric R. In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.
  • Laureys, Steven, Olivia Gosseries, and Giulio Tononi, eds. The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive Science and Neuropathology. 2nd ed. Waltham, Mass.: Academic Press, 2016.
  • Metzinger, Thomas. The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. Philadelphia: Basic Books, 2009.
  • Posner, Jerome B., Clifford B. Saper, Nicholas D. Schiff, and Fred Plum. Plum and Posner's Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Racine, Eric. Pragmatic Neuroethics: Improving Treatment and Understanding of the Mind-Brain. MIT Press, 2010.
  • Roco, Mihail C., and William Sims, eds. Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2003.
  • Tancredi, Laurence. Hardwired Behavior: What Neuroscience Reveals about Morality. Cambridge University Press, 2005.


Philosophical Perspectives

  • Baer, John, James C. Kaufman, and Roy F. Baumeister, eds. Are We Free? Psychology and Free Will.New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Bailey, Ronald. Liberation Biology: The Scientific and Moral Case for the Biotech Revolution. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2005.
  • Beauregard, Mario, and Denyse O’Leary. The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul. New York: HarperOne, 2007.
  • Bickle, John, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Churchland, Patricia S. Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality. Princeton University Press, 2011.
  • Gillett, Grant. Subjectivity and Being Somebody: Human Identity and Neuroethics. Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic, 2008.
  • Glannon, Walter, ed. Free Will and the Brain: Neuroscientific, Philosophical, and Legal Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Gordijn, Bert. Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Matthews, Debra J.H., Hilary Bok, and Peter V. Rabins, eds. Personal Identity and Fractured Selves: Perspectives from Philosophy, Ethics, and Neuroscience. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
  • Rose, Nikolas. The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-first Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.
  • Ruse, Michael, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Sanguineti, Juan Jose, Ariberto Acerbi, and Jose Angel Lombo, eds. Moral Behavior and Free Will: A Neurobiological and Philosophical Approach. Rome: IF Press, 2011.
  • Solymosi, Tibor and John R. Shook, eds. Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy and Pragmatism: Brains at Work in the World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Walter, Henrik. Neurophilosophy of Free Will: From Libertarian Illusions to a Concept of Natural Autonomy. Translated by Cynthia Klohr. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.

Out of Print

  • Restak, Richard. The New Brain: How the Modern Age Is Rewiring Your Mind. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2004.


Clinical and Policy

  • Ackerman, Sandra J. Hard Science, Hard Choices: Facts, Ethics, and Policies Guiding Brain Science Today. Washington, DC: Dana, 2006.
  • Blank, Robert H. Intervention in the Brain: Politics, Policy, and Ethics. MIT Press, 2013.
  • Bush, Shane S. Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Neuropsychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Chatterjee, Anjan and Martha J. Farah. Neuroethics in Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Denney, Robert L., and James P. Sullivan. Clinical Neuropsychology in the Criminal Forensic Setting. New York: Guilford, 2008.
  • Giordano, James. Neurotechnology: Premises, Potential, and Problems. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2012.
  • Illes, Judy. Neuroethics: Defining the Issues in Theory, Practice and Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Pardo, Michael S. and Dennis Patterson. Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Richmond, Sarah, Geraint Rees, and Sarah Edwards, eds. I Know What You’re Thinking: Brain Imaging and Mental Privacy. Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Vincent, Nicole A. Neuroscience and Legal Responsibility. Oxford University Press, 2013.


For additional related material see the Emerging Technology Bibliography.



Updated October 2016