Neuroscience and Freedom

22. October 2021, 11:00 – 12:30

Přednáška z přednáškového cyklu International Teaching Week na CMTF

Lecturer: Prof. Andrea Vicini, S.J, Boston College, USA

After discussing research studies in neuroscience that challenge our understanding of human freedom, the lecture articulates an understanding of freedom in times of neuroscience.

The proposed critically constructive approach depends on: first, situating freedom in context, with attention given to complexity and emergence; second, discussing critical approaches centered on naturalistic essentialism, determinism and reductionism, and naturalistic fallacy; third, offering possible elements that could expand our reflection to include grace, a shared commonality, and natural law; and, fourth, commenting on selected examples to avoid limiting approaches to human freedom with attention given to how diversity, variations, healing, and culture, respectively, color, normalize, medicalize, and colonize human freedom.

Andrea Vicini is an alumnus of Boston College (S.T.L. and Ph.D.) and also holds a M.D. from the University of Bologna and a S.T.D. from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy in Naples. Before arriving at the STM, Andrea was Gasson Professor at BC (2009-2010) and has taught in Italy, Albania, Mexico, Chad, and France. He is a lecturer and member of associations of moral theologians and bioethicists (in Italy, Europe, and the US).

Organizer

Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology

Location

Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Univerzitní 22, aula

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