The ethics of the extended mind: Mental privacy, manipulation and agency

In B. Beck, O. Friedrich & J. Heinrichs (eds.), Neuroprosthetics: Ethics of applied situated cognition (forthcoming)
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According to proponents of the extended mind, bio-external resources, such as a notebook or a smartphone, are candidate parts of the cognitive and mental machinery that realises cognitive states and processes. The present chapter discusses three areas of ethical concern associated with the extended mind, namely mental privacy, mental manipulation, and agency. We also examine the ethics of the extended mind from the standpoint of three general normative frameworks, namely, consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics.

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Richard Heersmink
Tilburg University
Paul Smart
University of Southampton


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