Neurotechnologies, relational autonomy, and authenticity

Mary Jean Walker, Catriona Mackenzie

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Abstract

The ethical debate about neurotechnologies has been largely framed around their effects on authenticity. In this paper, we investigate the concept of authenticity and associated conceptions of the self. We develop a conception of authenticity that eschews problematic essentialist or existentialist views of the self and the assumption that the authentic self transcends socialization. In our view, authenticity is a condition for self-governance and can involve either endorsement or acknowledgment. Revisiting the debate about neurotechnologies, we show why framing the ethical debate in terms of authenticity is unhelpful and argue that these ethical concerns are better understood as concerns about autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-119
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • authenticity
  • autonomy
  • deep brain stimulation
  • neurotechnologies
  • self-change
  • self-governance

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