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Alva Stråge

Doctoral Student

Alva Stråge
Doctoral Student
Theoretical Philosophy

Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Alva Stråge

 I studied studied philosophy, linguistics and neuroscience at Gothenburg University between 2005 and 2011. I received my MA in theorethical philosophy 2011 and started my doctoral studies in the fall the same year.

My primary research interests lie within the field of philosophy of mind, but stretch out into other areas of philosophy, as well as areas outside philosphy such as neuroscience and political science. In my thesis (work in progress), the general aim is to analyze how neuroscience fits into the discourse of law, especially with regard to the topics of punishment, responsibility and free will. In this debate, sometimes labelled ‘neurolaw’, the opinions and arguments vary between extremes: on the one side, the main point is that neuroscience will never be able to tell us anything about human intentions and choices. On the other side, it is instead argued that neuroscience will bring us clarity to the understandning of the human mind, in so far as human beings are machines and, according to this view, intentions and choices are reducable to processes in the brain.

In the thesis, I will analyze how different opinions and arguments are related to underlying assumptions of the metaphysics of law, responsibility and free will, and also to theories about the nature of the human mind. The aim is to construe a coherent model of how contemporary knowledge of the human brain could or should fit into modern views on crime, responsibility and punishment.

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