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Nicole Vincent

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Neuroscience
Office: 1120
Phone: 404-413-6113

Biographical Information

Ph.D. University of Adelaide, 2007

Research Description:

The concept of responsibility occupies centre stage in my scholarly pursuits, which span across the fields of neuroethics, neurolaw, ethics, philosophy of tort and criminal law, and political philosophy. My approach is analytic and empirically-informed, and my past work has devoted equal attention to tackling conceptual, normative, metaphysical and practical problems. For example, I have written about such topics as the different meanings of the term "responsibility", the compatibility of responsibility and determinism, medical interventions to make criminal offenders competent for execution, how neuroscience and behavioural genetics fit into criminal responsibility adjudication procedures, tort liability for failure to use cognitive enhancement medications, and whether people who live unhealthy lifestyles should have restricted access to public health resources. My recent publications include "Restoring Responsibility: promoting justice, therapy and reform through direct brain interventions" in the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy, and an edited book entitled "Neuroscience and Legal Responsibility" published in February this year by Oxford University Press. My forthcoming publications include "Blame, desert and compatibilist capacity: a diachronic account of moderateness in regards to reasons-responsiveness" in the journal Philosophical Explorations, and "Legal Responsibility and Neuroscience" in the journal Justitiële Verkenningen (Judicial Explorations, in Dutch). My current and ongoing projects include co-organizing a conference about Stephen Morse's body of work, co-organizing two workshops on the topic of mental capacity at different stages of the criminal trial, and leading the Dutch-funded research project "Enhancing Responsibility: the effects of cognitive enhancement on moral and legal responsibility". From August this year my attention will be devoted to teaching, co-developing GSU's Neuroethics Program, and drafting chapters for my book "A Compatibilist Theory of Legal Responsibility".

Dr. Vincent is the first of three projected hires in neuroethics.