The Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published online (ISSN 2166-5087), aimed at the promotion of scholarship across disciplines, as well as expanding the reach and understanding of the neurosciences and implications in the legal, social and ethical realms.It is our policy to never charge readers to access the journal or authors to publish scholarship in it.
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Is Reason Contradictory When Applied to Metaphysical Questions?
University of Georgia
Keywords: Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Hegel, metaphysics, epistemology, reason, reasoning, antinomy, concept, idealism, contradiction, time, cosmology, unconditioned, conditioned, appearance
Citation: Schuster, Graham. 2014. "Is Reason Contradictory When Applied to Metaphysical Questions?" Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 1–11.
Implicitly Grounded Beliefs
Roberts Wesleyan College
Keywords: Epistemology, implicitly grounded beliefs, intuition, experts, W.T. Stace, warrant, justification, internalism, externalism, aretaism, special access, perspectivally basic beliefs
Citation: Koehl, Andrew. 2014. "Implicitly Grounded Beliefs." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 13–36.
The Enigma Of Probability
Keywords: Bayesianism, decision theory, expectation, expected utility, expected value, fair game, measurement problem, probability interpretation, St Petersburg paradox, two-envelope problem
Citation: Ergodos, Nick. 2014. "The Enigma Of Probability." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 37–71.
The View from Vector Space: An Account of Conceptual Geography
New York University
Keywords:Representation, mental content, vector space, reasoning, social cognition, embodiment, extended mind, comparative psychology
Citation: Stein, Joshua. 2014. "The View from Vector Space: An Account of Conceptual Geography." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 73–93.
The Self-Awareness of Reason in Plato
West Texas A&M University
Keywords: Plato, Inquiry, Ignorance, Nous, Reason, Dianoia, hypothesis, self-reflexivity, self-awareness, Meno, Apology
Citation: Bloom, Daniel. 2014. "The Self-Awareness of Reason in Plato." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 95–103.
Reasoning with and without Reasons: The Effects of Professional Culture and Information Access in Educational and Clinical Settings
California State University San Marcos
Keywords: Reasoning, understanding, professional culture, coherence based reasoning, mental models, modus tollens, process narratives, grey boxes, patient-practitioner interaction, Mendelian genetics
Citation: Saferstein, Barry. 2014. "Reasoning with and without Reasons: The Effects of Professional Culture and Information Access in Educational and Clinical Settings." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 105–125.
Moral Heuristics and Biases
Bowling Green State University
Keywords: Moral Heuristics, Moral Biases, Heuristics, Biases, Moral Cognition, Metaethics, Moral Rationality, Philosophy, Moral Psychology, Implicit Bias
Citation: Herman, Mark. 2014. "Moral Heuristics and Biases." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 127–142.
Reasoning and the Military Decision Making Process
Ibanga B. Ikpe
University of Botswana
Keywords: Military Decision making Process (MDMP), Critical Thinking, autonomous reasoning, military obedience
Citation: Ikpe, Ibanga B. 2014. "Reasoning and the Military Decision Making Process." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 143–160.
The Role of Emotional Intuitions in Moral Judgments and Decisions
University of Waterloo
Keywords: Consequentialism, deontology, moral judgments, emotion, cognition, ventromedial prefrontal cortex
Citation: Gee, Catherine. 2014. "The Role of Emotional Intuitions in Moral Judgments and Decisions." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 161–171.
Asking for Reasons as a Weapon: Epistemic Justification and the Loss of Knowledge
Michigan State University
Keywords: Ignorance, Epistemic Violence, Epistemic Justice, Epistemic Silencing, Justification, Reason-giving, Contextualism, Social Epistemology, Externalism
Citation: Werkheiser, Ian. 2014. "Asking for Reasons as a Weapon: Epistemic Justification and the Loss of Knowledge." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 173–190.
Brain Rays, Advertising, and Fancy Suits: The Ethics of Mind Control
University of Utah
Keywords: Kant, rationality, mind control, contractualism
Citation: Kious, Brent. 2014. "Brain Rays, Advertising, and Fancy Suits: The Ethics of Mind Control." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 191–210.
Philosophy and Neurobiology: towards a Hegelian Contribution on the Question of the Juridical Status of the Human Embryo
Fernando Huesca Ramón
Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Keywords: Personality, subjectivity, Neuroscience, free will, freedom
Citation: Huesca Ramón, Fernando. 2014. "Philosophy and Neurobiology: towards a Hegelian Contribution on the Question of the Juridical Status of the Human Embryo." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 2 (1): 211–220.
Distinguishing Morality from Convention: Evidence for Nativism
Samuel R. Fullhart
Seattle Pacific University
Keywords: Moral Psychology, Nativism, Moral/Conventional Distinction
Citation: Fullhart, Samuel R. 2013. "Distinguishing Morality from Convention: Evidence for Nativism." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 1 (1): 1–37.
Naturalized Rationality, Evolutionary Psychology and Economic Theory
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Keywords: Aumann, Rationalistic Economics, Behavioral Economics, Neuroeconomics, practical rationality, act rationality, rule rationality, naturalized rationality, intentional agency, Evolutionary Psychology, Human Behavioral Ecology
Citation: Levin, Yakir, Arnon Cahen, and Izhak Aharon. 2013. "Naturalized Rationality, Evolutionary Psychology and Economic Theory." Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics 1 (1): 39–72.