Research Group on Neuroethics

Ethics in neurology are the  basis of all practical work  as well as for research  activities. In a critical analysis of  the used ethical principles, it has to  be stated that the contemporary ethical laws are missing different religious, traditional and cultural requirements. The contemporary ethics are based on the philosophy  of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle,  with the incorporation of the  Christian philosophy of Saint  Augustine and Thomas Aquinas  and should be called Western Ethics. But Western Ethics must not be  acceptable worldwide.

The ARG Neuroethics decided to found a task force with the aim to harmonize the ethical principles in neurology, including transcultural considerations. Members of the task force include representatives of Buddhism and Hinduism, the Islamic and Mosaic religions and the different Christian communities.

As a continuous activity of  the ARG Neuroethics, the  organization of teaching courses  and informative workshops has to  be mentioned. The organizers of neurological congresses and  symposia are asked to include special lectures and training courses in the program. The great lack of ethical knowledge in scientific reports about new treatment programs or research projects is a shameful fact and has to be strictly changed. A continuing ethical education is necessary.

The ARG Neuroethics is asking for more active cooperation and for helpful support to follow the education for a better knowledge in ethical thinking and moral responsibility. The aim for a worldwide acceptable basis for ethical principles in modern neurology needs great knowledge and an intensive preparatory work in philosophical, moral and ethical issues.