Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences

Neurobiology of Human Values

Editors: Changeux, Jean-Pierre P., Damasio, Antonio, Singer, Wolf (Eds.)

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Man has been pondering for centuries over the basis of his own ethical and aesthetic values. Until recent times, such issues were primarily fed by the thinking of philosophers, moralists and theologists, or by the findings of historians or sociologists relating to universality or variations in these values within various populations. Science has avoided this field of investigation within the confines of philosophy.

Beyond the temptation to stay away from the field of knowledge science may also have felt itself unconcerned by the study of human values for a simple heuristic reason, namely the lack of tools allowing objective study. For the same reason, researchers tended to avoid the study of feelings or consciousness until, over the past two decades, this became a focus of interest for many neuroscientists.

It is apparent that many questions linked to research in the field of neuroscience are now arising. The hope is that this book will help to formulate them more clearly rather than skirting them. The authors do not wish to launch a new moral philosophy, but simply to gather objective knowledge for reflection.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Neurobiological Grounding of Human Values

    Antonio Damasio

    Pages 47-56

  • Emotion and Cognition in Moral Judgment: Evidence from Neuroimaging

    Joshua Greene

    Pages 57-66

  • Cognitive Psychology of Moral Intuitions

    Daniel Kahneman, Cass R. Sunstein

    Pages 91-105

  • Mirror neuron: a neurological approach to empathy

    Giacomo Rizzolatti, Laila Craighero

    Pages 107-123

  • Cerebral basis of human errors

    Olivier Houdé

    Pages 137-141

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neurobiology of Human Values
Editors
  • Jean-Pierre P. Changeux
  • Antonio Damasio
  • Wolf Singer
Series Title
Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-29803-8
DOI
10.1007/3-540-29803-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-26253-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06574-3
Series ISSN
0945-6082
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 159
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