Freedom of Thought in the Age of Neuroscience

Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 100 (1):1-25 (2014)
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Abstract

Freedom of thought is a fundamental human right, enshrined in many human rights treaties. It might very well be the only human right without any practical application. The paper reconstructs scope and meaning of this forgotten right and proposes four principles for its interpretation. In the age of neuroscientific insights and interventions into mind and brain that afford to alter thoughts, the time for the law to define freedom of thought in a way that lives up to its theoretical significance has come.

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