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Taking responsibility for health in an epistemically polluted environment

. I also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Wellcome trust (WT104848/Z/14/Z) and the Australian Research Council. Compliance with ethical standards Conflict of interest Neil Levy declares that

Responsibility as an Obstacle to Good Policy: The Case of Lifestyle Related Disease

There is a lively debate over who is to blame for the harms arising from unhealthy behaviours, like overeating and excessive drinking. In this paper, I argue that given how demanding the conditions required for moral responsibility actually are, we cannot be highly confident that anyone is ever morally responsible. I also adduce evidence that holding people responsible for their...

Due deference to denialism: explaining ordinary people’s rejection of established scientific findings

There is a robust scientific consensus concerning climate change and evolution. But many people reject these expert views, in favour of beliefs that are strongly at variance with the evidence. It is tempting to try to explain these beliefs by reference to ignorance or irrationality, but those who reject the expert view seem often to be no worse informed or any less rational than...

Dissolving the Puzzle of Resultant Moral Luck

The puzzle of resultant moral luck arises when we are disposed to think that an agent who caused a harm deserves to be blamed more than an otherwise identical agent who did not. One popular (but controversial) perspective on resultant moral luck explains our dispositions to produce different judgments with regard to the agents who feature in these cases as a product not of what...

Is Neurolaw Conceptually Confused?

Neil Levy 0 0 N. Levy (&) Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne , Parkville 3010, Australia In Minds, Brains, and Law, Michael Pardo and Dennis Patterson argue

Addiction as a disorder of belief

Addiction is almost universally held to be characterized by a loss of control over drug-seeking and consuming behavior. But the actions of addicts, even of those who seem to want to abstain from drugs, seem to be guided by reasons. In this paper, I argue that we can explain this fact, consistent with continuing to maintain that addiction involves a loss of control, by...

Ecological Engineering: Reshaping Our Environments to Achieve Our Goals

Neil Levy 0 ) Florey Neuroscience Institutes , 161 Barry St, Carlton South 3053, Australia Human beings are subject to a range of cognitive and affective limitations which interfere with our

Searle’s wager

Nicholas Agar has recently argued that it would be irrational for future human beings to choose to radically enhance themselves by uploading their minds onto computers. Utilizing Searle’s argument that machines cannot think, he claims that uploading might entail death. He grants that Searle’s argument is controversial, but he claims, so long as there is a non-zero probability...

Introduction: Appiah’s Experiments in Ethics

Neil Levy 0 ) Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Florey Neuroscience Institutes , Melbourne, Australia - Anthony Appiah is a major figure on the philosophical scene, whose work in philosophy of

Introducing Neuroethics

Neil Levy 0 0 N. Levy The James Martin 21st Century School, University of Oxford , Oxford, England 1 ) Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne , Parkville, VIC