The Myth of the Moral Brain: The Limits of Moral Enhancement

2016.08.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Harris Wiseman, The Myth of the Moral Brain: The Limits of Moral Enhancement, MIT Press, 2016, 337pp., $38.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.08.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Harris Wiseman, The Myth of the Moral Brain: The Limits of Moral Enhancement, MIT Press, 2016, 337pp., $38.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262033923. Reviewed by Norbert Paulo, University of Salzburg There are various ways in which humans try, and have always tried, to become morally better. Traditional means of moral enhancement include civic education, the criminal justice system, self-awareness seminars, and ethics courses. Recent years have seen increased discussion of the potential of non-traditional biomedical means to enhance humans morally. For instance, it has been suggested that the hormone oxytocin makes people more social. In his far-ranging book, Harris Wiseman takes a cautious view and laments the fact that most proponents of such non-traditional moral enhancements fail to understand the complexity of morality when they ascribe an explanatory primacy to biological influences. In doing so they neglect. . .

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