Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Ethical requisites for neuroenhancement of moral motivation

Francisco Lara


No agreement exists among ethical theories on what cancount as a right moral motivation. This hampers us from knowingwhether an intervention in motivation biology can be considered positivefor human morality. To overcome this difficulty, this paper identifiesminimal requirements for moral enhancement that could be accepted bythe major moral theories. Subsequently four possible scenarios are presentedwhere the most promising neural interventions on moral motivationare implemented, by means of drugs, electromagnetic stimulation ofbrain, or biotechnological brain implants. The ultimate goal of this paperis to evaluate the results of each one of these interventions according totheir capacity to fulfill the identified requirements.

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