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    Representation, Meaning, and Thought
    Oxford University Press. 1992.
    This study examines the relationship between thought and language by considering the views of Kant and the later Wittgenstein along with many strands of contemporary debate in the area of mental content. Building on an analysis of the nature of concepts and conceptions of objects, Gillett provides an account of psychological explanation and the subject of experience, offers a novel perspective on mental representation and linguistic meaning, looks at the difficult topics of cognitive roles and s…Read more
  • Ethics and embryos
    with Nicola Poplawski
    In John P. Lizza (ed.), Defining the beginning and end of life: readings on personal identity and bioethics, Johns Hopkins University Press. 2009.
  • Professional relationships : covenant, virtue, and clinical life
    In Alastair V. Campbell, Voo Teck Chuan, Richard Huxtable & N. S. Peart (eds.), Healthcare ethics, law and professionalism: essays on the works of Alastair V. Campbell, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 2019.
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    Representation, Meaning, and Thought
    Oxford University Press. 1992.
    Examines the relationship between thought and language by considering the views of Kant and Wittgenstein alongside many strands of contemporary debate in the area of mental content.
  • When the Music’s Over” then “Dancing with a Partner Will Help You Find the Beat
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 30 (4): 631-636. 2021.
    Responses to brain injury sit in the intersection between neuroscience and an ethic of care, and require sensitive and dynamic indicators of how an individual with brain injury can learn how to live in the context of a changing environment and multiple timescales. Therapeutic relationships and rhythms underpinning such a dynamic approach are currently obscured by existing models of brain function. Something older is required and we put forward narrative types articulating outcomes of brain injur…Read more
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    The Rhythms of Virtue
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 12 (2-3): 110-112. 2021.
  •  165
    The Neurodynamics of Free Will
    Mind and Matter 18 (2): 159-173. 2020.
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    Ethical considerations for performing decompressive craniectomy as a life-saving intervention for severe traumatic brain injury
    with Stephen Honeybul, Kwok Ho, and Christopher Lind
    Journal of Medical Ethics 38 (11): 657-661. 2012.
    In all fields of clinical medicine, there is an increasing awareness that outcome must be assessed in terms of quality of life and cost effectiveness, rather than merely length of survival. This is especially the case when considering decompressive craniectomy for severe traumatic brain injury. The procedure itself is technically straightforward and involves temporarily removing a large section of the skull vault in order to provide extra space into which the injured brain can expand. A number o…Read more
  •  12
    COVID-19 Ethics—Looking Down the Muzzle
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 17 (4): 501-502. 2020.
    Public health and pandemic ethics frequently concern themselves with organizing principles, utility, and public policy. But the effects of pandemics, and the impact of measures to control them, are experienced by individuals and families. This is particularly true for those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19—the elderly and “infirm.” So while ethics must assist in articulating the policies that will determine the allocation of resources during this and future pandemics, it must, at the same tim…Read more
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    Philosophy and the Brain
    Philosophy of Science 57 (1): 172-173. 1990.
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    Moral Theory and Medical Practice
    Philosophical Quarterly 41 (164): 379-381. 1991.
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    Therapeutic Action
    Mind 113 (452): 769-771. 2004.
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    From Aristotle to Cognitive Neuroscience identifies the strong philosophical tradition that runs from Aristotle, through phenomenology, to the current analytical philosophy of mind and consciousness. In a fascinating account, the author integrates the history of philosophy of mind and phenomenology with recent discoveries on the neuroscience of conscious states. The reader can trace the development of a neuro-philosophical synthesis through the work of Aristotle, Kant, Wittgenstein, Husserl, Mer…Read more
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    This open access book is a systematic update of the philosophical and scientific foundations of the biopsychosocial model of health, disease and healthcare. First proposed by George Engel 40 years ago, the Biopsychosocial Model is much cited in healthcare settings worldwide, but has been increasingly criticised for being vague, lacking in content, and in need of reworking in the light of recent developments. The book confronts the rapid changes to psychological science, neuroscience, healthcare,…Read more
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    Concussion in Sport: The Unheeded Evidence
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 27 (4): 710-716. 2018.
    :Patients with repeated minor head injury are a challenge to our clinical skills of neurodiagnosis because the relevant evidence objectively demonstrating their impairment was collected in New Zealand and, at the time, was mired in controversy. The effects of repeated closed diffuse head injury are increasingly recognized worldwide, but now suffer from the relentless advance of imaging technology as the dominant form of neurodiagnosis and the considerable financial interests that underpin the re…Read more
  • Physicalism and its Discontents (edited book)
    . 2001.
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    Sense and Moral Sensibility in Vegetative States
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 6 (2): 42-44. 2015.
  •  38
    What We Owe the Psychopath: A Neuroethical Analysis
    with Jiaochen Huang
    American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 4 (2): 3-9. 2013.
  •  15
    Foucault and Current Psychiatric Practice
    Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 19 (1): 59-61. 2012.
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    The Mind and its Discontents
    Oxford University Press. 2009.
    The first edition of The Mind and its Discontents was a powerful analysis of how, as a society, we view mental illness, looking beyond just biological models of mental pathologies. In the ten years since, there has been growing interest in the philosophy of psychiatry, and a new edition of this text is more timely and important than ever.
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    Medical science, culture, and truth
    Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 1 13. 2006.
    There is a fairly closed circle between culture, language, meaning, and truth such that the world of a given culture is a world understood in terms of the meanings produced in that culture. Medicine is, in fact, a subculture of a powerful type and has its own language and understanding of the range of illnesses that affect human beings. So how does medicine get at the truth of people and their ills in such a way as to escape its own limited constructions? There is a way out of the closed circle …Read more
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    Culture, the Crack’d Mirror, and the Neuroethics of Disease
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 25 (4): 634-646. 2016.
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    Effaced Enigmata
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 26 (4): 616-627. 2017.
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    Subdural Hematoma
    Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 26 (4): 527-529. 2017.
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    The crisis of patient‐physician trust and bioethics: lessons and inspirations from China
    with Jing‐Bao Nie, Lun Li, Joseph D. Tucker, and Arthur Kleinman
    Developing World Bioethics 18 (1): 56-64. 2018.
    Trust is indispensable not only for interpersonal relationships and social life, but for good quality healthcare. As manifested in the increasing violence and tension in patient-physician relationships, China has been experiencing a widespread and profound crisis of patient–physician trust. And globally, the crisis of trust is an issue that every society, either developing or developed, has to face in one way or another. Yet, in spite of some pioneering works, the subject of patient-physician tr…Read more
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    The Neurophilosophy of Pain: G. R. Gillett
    Philosophy 66 (256): 191-206. 1991.
    The ability to feel pain is a property of human beings that seems to be based entirely in our biological natures and to place us squarely within the animal kingdom. Yet the experience of pain is often used as an example of a mental attribute with qualitative properties that defeat attempts to identify mental events with physiological mechanisms. I will argue that neurophysiology and psychology help to explain the interwoven biological and subjective features of pain and recommend a view of pain …Read more
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    Disembodied Persons
    Philosophy 61 (237): 377-386. 1986.
    In discussing Disembodied Persons we need to confront two problems:A. Under what conditions would we consider that a person was present in the absence of the normal bodily cues?B. Could such circumstances arise?The first question may be regarded as epistemic and the second as metaphysical.
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    ‘Neuroethics’ is a term which has come into use in the last few years, and which is variously defined. In the Preface to his book, Grant Gillett indicates the sense in which he is using it: the central questions in neuroethics, he says, are those of ‘human identity, consciousness and moral responsibility or the problem of the will’. His aim is to offer an account of human identity which can shed light on issues both in general philosophy and in bioethics.The question which this account seeks to …Read more