Dr Harris Wiseman

Dr Harris Wiseman

Department of Theology and Religion
Research Associate

Dr Harris Wiseman is a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, in the department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. He is a member of the Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society Research Network. He has a PhD in Divinity (psychology of religion) from the University of Cambridge, where he was Research Associate for two years. During that time he published The Myth of the Moral Brain – The Limits of Moral Enhancement (MIT Press). His bioethics and his 'religion and technology' work have been published in many of the leading journals and publishers in the field, the American Journal of Bioethics, Cambridge Healthcare Quarterly, the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and Zygon. He was convener of the Boyle Lecture Series, honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Education, UCL; assistant editor of History and Philosophy of Psychology periodical; and remains a regular contributor to the Geneva Center for Security Policy’s Geopolitics and Global Futures program lecturing on the neurophilosophy of global security. 

Qualifications

  • PhD Divinity 
  • MPhil

Biography

Dr Wiseman has an MPhil and a PhD in Divinity (psychology of religion) from the University of Cambridge, where he was Research Associate for two years. During that time he published The Myth of the Moral Brain – The Limits of Moral Enhancement (MIT Press). His bioethics and his religion and technology work has been published in many of the leading journals and publishers in the field, the American Journal of Bioethics, Cambridge Healthcare Quarterly, the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and Zygon. He was a convener of the Boyle Lecture Series, assistant editor of the British Psychological Society’s History and Philosophy of Psychology periodical. He is honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Education, UCL; and a regular contributor to the Geneva Center for Security Policy’s Geopolitics and Global Futures program (specifically, the neurophilosophy of global security).

Postgraduate supervision

Bioethics; neurophilosophy; public understanding of science; philosophy and theology of human enhancement; reductionism and mechanistic metaphors.

Research

My research interests surround the ethics of enhancement technologies, the effects of emerging technology on society, and religious implications of such emerging technologies; also, I am interested in the way science is communicated to the public, and how the public responds to that information (in particular genetic- and neuro-reductive discourse)

Publications

Books: 

  • Reiss, M. Watts, F. Wiseman, H. Rethinking Biology: Public Understandings. World Scientific Press. (in press)
  • Wiseman, H. 2016. The Myth of the Moral Brain. Cambridge: MIT Press

Articles: 

  • Rakic, V. Wiseman, H. 2018. Different Games of Moral Enhancement. Bioethics. 32(2) 103-110
  • Wiseman, H. 2017. Would We Even Recognize Moral Enhancement If We Saw It? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 26. 398-410.
  • Wiseman, H. 2017. Systems Biology and Predictive Neuroscience – A Double Helical Approach. Zygon. 52(2) 516–537
  • Wiseman, H. 2015. Can Brain Implants Stop People Doing Bad Things? American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 6 (4): 38-40
  • Wiseman, H. 2015. Enhancing Motivation with a Tablet … Wouldn’t You? American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 6 (1): 31-33
  • Wiseman, H. 2014c. SSRIs and Moral Enhancement: Looking Deeper. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 5 (4): W1-7
  • Wiseman, H. 2014b. SSRIs as Moral Enhancement Interventions: A Practical Dead End. American Journal of BioethicsNeuroscience 5 (3): 1-10

Chapters:

  • Wiseman, H. Wisdom and Moral Formation. In Re Manning, R. Ed. Mutual Enrichment. Theology, Psychology, and Religious Life. London: Routledge. (In press)
  • Leyser, O. Wiseman, H. Integrative Biology - Parts, Wholes, Levels and Systems. In Reiss, M Watts, F. Wiseman, H. Public Understandings of Biology. World Scientific Press (in press) 
  • Wiseman, H. Brain-Talk and the Public Understanding of Neuroscience. In Reiss, M., Watts, F. Wiseman, H. Public Understandings of Biology. World Scientific Press (in press)
  • Wiseman, H. ‘Am I My Brain?’ Neurocentrism and the Law. In Reiss, M, Watts, F. Wiseman, H. Public Understandings of Biology. World Scientific Press (in press)
  • Wiseman, H. 2018. The Sins of Moral Enhancement Discourse. In Hauskeller, M. Coyne, L. Moral Enhancement: Critical Perspectives. Proceedings of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Wiseman, H. 2013. Head, Heart, and Wisdom. In F. Watts, and G. Dumbreck, eds., Head and Heart – Perspectives from Religion and Psychology, 247-272. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press.

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