Professor Sara Goering (University of Washington) will be giving one of the keynote addresses at the Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Friday 2/12 at 5:30pm in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Here below is her abstract for the talk.
“Stimulating the Self: Neural Technologies and Agency”
Neural technologies — like deep brain stimulation — hold great promise for treating diseases that have proven resistant to pharmaceutical interventions, but they also raise concerns about effects on personal identity and our sense of agency. I will explore how philosophers can contribute to these debates, by exploring concepts of self and relational autonomy and connecting them with reports from people using the devices.