Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health

Neuroethics Conference 8th May 2009


To coincide with the broadcasting of a new radio play, Interior Traces written by James Wilkes and Louise Whiteley, which explores how images of the brain affect how we think about the mind, and a series of public engagements events in May 2009 funded by a Wellcome Trust award and supported by LCACE, we are pleased to announce an academic conference on neuroethics to discuss the evidence and theories behind mind reading and what neuroscience has to offer these debates, as well as how such research affects individual’s privacy, and the uses to which we might put such research such as informing moral philosophy, criminal law and psychiatric diagnosis.

This event is also supported by the UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre, the UCL Institute for Neurology, and the UCL Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health.

Conference programme

09.30 - 09.50 Registration and Coffee

09.50 - 10.00 Welcome and Introduction, Sarah Edwards (Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre, and Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health, UCL)

10.00 - 11.00 Subjects’ expectations of neuroimaging research, Judy Illes (Centre for Neuroethics, Stanford University)

11.00 - 12.00 Empathy, Folk Psychology and Neuroscience, Karsten Stueber (Department of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross)

12.00 - 1.00 Brain reading and the neuroscientific evidence, John-Dylan Haynes (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin University)

1.00 - 1.45 Lunch

1.45 - 2.45 Right to privacy, brain reading and use of brain images, Ian Brown (Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University)

2.45 - 3.45 Can We Trust Our Moral Intuitions in Health Care Allocation? The Results of an Experiment, Alex Voorhoeve (Department of Philosophy, LSE)

3.45 - 4.00 Break

4.00 - 5.00 Neuroscientific evidence and criminal law, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, (Philosophy, Dartmouth University)

5.00 - 6.00 Psychopharmacology and Identity, Maartje Schermer (Philosophy, Amsterdam University)

6.00          End


Room B01, Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF. For maps of UCL campus, see here.

8th May 2009.

Attendance at the conference is free. However space is limited, so we advise you to register early. To register, please email cbrc-courses@ucl.ac.uk and await confirmation. Please say whether you have any special dietary requirements, and don't forget to include your institutional affiliation, if any, for the name badges.

Unfortunately we cannot book accommodation for conference delegates, but you can find details of local hotels here and here.

Other queries
For any queries (other than for conference registration), please contact the organiser Sarah Edwards at sarah.edwards@ucl.ac.uk.