How is biotechnology changing the way we think about moral and legal responsibility?

Thomas Nadelhoffer’s main areas of research include free will, moral psychology, neuroethics, and punishment theory. He is particularly interested in research at the crossroads of philosophy and the sciences of the mind. These days, he often works with psychologists to help get at some of the empirical data that informs his work.


Latest Research

Action and Responsibility

To what extent are our intuitions about intentional action, foresight, and responsibility subject to biases that may undermine their reliability when it comes to legal decision making?

Neuroscience, Free Will, and Responsibility

What likely effects will future advances in neuroscience actually have on the way we view free will and responsibility? What effects should these advances have on our views and practices?

Philosophy of Psychiatry

Is psychopathy a mental disorder rather than merely a personality disorder and, if so, what implications does this have for criminal law? 

Cognitive Enhancement

How do people think about the complex relationship between the mind, the body, and the self, and the ever increasing technological power to alter, repair, and even enhance the mind, the body, and the brain?