Cognition-Enhancing Drugs: Can We Say No?
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Vol. 30, No. 9, 2010
6 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 14, 2010
Normative analysis of cognition-enhancing drugs frequently weighs the liberty interests of drug users against egalitarian commitments to a "level playing field." Yet those who would refuse to engage in neuroenhancement may well find their liberty to do so limited in a society where such drugs are widespread. To the extent that unvarnished emotional responses are world-disclosive, neurocosmetic practices also threaten to provide a form of faulty data to their users. This essay examines underappreciated liberty-based and epistemic rationales for regulating cognition-enhancing drugs.
Keywords: cognition-enhancing drugs
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