Mind-Brain Group:

Biology and Subjectivity in Contemporary Philosophy and Neuroscience 


This Subproject examines the neurobiological subject in as much as it is the agent of moral action. The principal goal of the project is to evaluate the ethical consequences derived from the current neurobiological conceptions of the agent.

The relationship between biology and ethics is a classic topic which the current debates in neuroscience have helped revive. In our approach, we try to unite the main ideas of the new moral (neuro)psychology and the recent dilemmas related to the development and application of neurotechnology; thereby building a bridge between the “neuroscience of ethics” and the “ethics of neuroscience.”

The following are some of the topics that will be examined: the repercussions of the promises of neuroscience, the neuroimage and psychopharmaceuticals in the current strategies aimed at manipulating the human body, and their consequences in areas like economics, aesthetics and religion.

There are numerous, serious controversies. Controversies such as: should the growing tendency to psychiatrize the human condition be encouraged or slowed down? What is the relationship between this phenomenon and the appearance of the new cosmetic Psychopharmacology? Should the expectations and fictional ideas created by Neuroscience be controlled? How do these ideas influence our understanding of the aspects of life such as truth, freedom and love? How do the new uses of neurotechnology affect this understanding? Our intention is to answer these and other questions in an integrated way while keeping in mind the significant scientific discoveries relating to the notion of the agent subject.

Main Researcher

Javier BernácerJavier Berrnácer
No extension
Table (2nd floor, ICS)

Research Team

· José Ignacio Murillo (ICS)
· Fran Güell (ICS)
· Gonzalo Arrondo (ICS)
· Nathaniel Barrett (ICS)

· Leandro Gaitán (ICS)
· Miguel García Valdecasas (ICS)