ANPHICON 1: Cognitive Enhancement and Other Technologies of the Mind – Fundamental and Ethical Questions

9-10 January 2013, Watershed, Bristol, Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol.

The Anphicon Conference Series is part of the Anthropotech project, a collaborative project between UWE Philosophy and the Centre for Ethics in Medicine (University of Bristol).

The conference will explore the fundamental philosophical and ethical issues that are at stake in the debates surrounding cognitive enhancement and other technologies of the mind; The goal is to take a critical perspective towards both the concepts of enhancement and cognition, asking questions such as:

  • Is cognition too narrow a frame to think the technological alteration of the mind?
  • How value loaded is the term enhancement?
  • What are we talking about enhancing when we talk about cognitive enhancement, and for what purposes?
  • What methodology serves to best investigate technological intervention into the body that results in alteration of conscious experience?
  • What are the relations between cognition, emotion, memory and will? And how do these relations impact on the debate over cognitive enhancement?

The conference also aims to address questions concerning:

  • Justice and fairness in the technological alteration of intellectual and affective capacities.
  • The importance of neurodiversity and whether it is threatened by cognitive enhancement.
  • The concept of neuro-ecology or ecology of the mind.

Speakers include: Jean-Michel Besnier (Paris), Jerome Goffette (Lyon), Michael Hauskeller (Exeter), Robin Mackenzie (Canterbury), David Roden (Open University), Pierre Cassou-Nouguès (Paris)

For further information please visit or contact Sylvie Allouche (allouche.sylvie [at]

Register Now (£35 waged/£20 Students and Unwaged). Registration includes lunch and coffees.


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