New Publication: Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage

This volume, edited by Professor Walter Sinnot-Armstrong (OUC Distinguished Research Fellow), is published by OUP and due out in February 2016.

Finding Consciousness book cover

FINDING CONSCIOUSNESS
The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage

Edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

From the Oxford Series in Neuroscience, Law & Philosophy

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/finding-consciousness-9780190280307?lang=en&cc=gb

Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage addresses many questions regarding these recent neuroscientific methods: Is what these methods detect really consciousness? Do patients feel pain? Should we decide whether or not to let them die or are they competent to decide for themselves? And which kinds of treatment should governments and hospitals make available? This edited volume provides contextual information, surveys the issues and positions, and takes controversial stands from a wide variety of prominent contributors in fields ranging from neuroscience and neurology to law and policy to philosophy and ethics. Finding Consciousness should interest not only neuroscientists,clinicians, and ethicists but anyone who might suffer brain damage, which includes us all.

The volume includes three chapters by OUC researchers:

  • Davies, W. and Levy, N., (2016), 'Persistent Vegetative State, Akinetic Mutism, and Consciousness' in W. Sinnott-Armstrong, (Ed.) Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage. (New York: Oxford University Press)
  • Gipson, J., Kahane, G. and Savulescu, J., (2016), 'Lay Attitudes to Withdrawal of Treatment in Disorders of Consciousness and Their Normative Significance'. in W. Sinnott-Armstrong (Ed.), Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics and Law of Severe Brain Damage. (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Shepherd, J., (2016), 'Moral Conflict in the Minimally Conscious State'. in W. Sinnott-Armstrong, (Ed.)   Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage. (Oxford: Oxford University Press.)

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