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The Bionic self : neural implants and threats to identity : implications for selfhood and social relations


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Goddard, Eliza 2015 , 'The Bionic self : neural implants and threats to identity : implications for selfhood and social relations', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The key problem this thesis addresses is: What is the impact of neural
implants, such as Deep Brain Stimulation or a Cochlear ear implant, on a person’s
personal identity? Put explicitly: What role do neural implants play in changes in
self-understanding, agency and autonomy and what is the significance of these
changes for philosophical and practical conceptions of personal identity?
I explore the problem of the impacts of neural implants on personal identity
through reference to first-personal accounts wherein patients or their family and
significant others, express the claim that following the implantation they are no
longer themselves or no longer the same person. I apply contemporary approaches
to identity, agency and autonomy in moral psychology to argue that the sense of
identity at issue in these claims is practical identity, and not metaphysical identity,
and that the first-personal accounts reveal aspects of selfhood, raising concerns
related to narrative agency and autonomy.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Goddard, Eliza
Keywords: personal identity, narrative, neural implants, relational autonomy, moral psychology, neuroethics
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