Literary and artistic pieces can both illustrate and explore important questions such as: What is the meaning of life? Who am I? Is there a point to being good? Does technology improve the human condition? Do social conditions affect personal identity? Do humans have purpose? Fiction can be used to illustrate and explore philosophical puzzles and ethical dilemmas. Phables (ISSN 2375-947X) is a blind-reviewed, open access online journal dedicated to works of fiction that explore important philosophical issues concerning cognition or neuroethics broadly understood aimed at a interdisciplinary audience. Phables will publish science fiction in the very broadest sense of the term: the science can be natural and/or social; technology can include anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. Topics could address such questions as:
- Who (or what) is a person?
- What is a good life?
- Is using medical technology to enhance (physically? psychologically? cognitively?) morally permissible? Is it desirable?
- How should we distribute scarce medical/neuro-enhancing resources?
- How will medical and neuroscientific advances affect pregnancy, childbirth and childcare, indeed, the entire human life cycle?
- Will a greater understanding of genetics encourage eugenical practices?
- What social, political and/or legal institutions need to be adjusted in response to technological advances?
Materials will be assessed in terms of literary quality but equally importantly in terms of the treatment of an important and timely philosophical question.
Phables invites submissions that are not currently under consideration or published elsewhere, either in print or in electronic format. Phables, at this time, can only accept completed work; the editors cannot offer feedback on work in progress. Phables is published twice a year. Submissions deadlines are June 1 and December 1 of every year. Phables is an anonymous peer-reviewed journal. In order for materials to be considered for publication, Phables requires the following:
- Electronic copies of all materials, with no identifying information of authorship within the materials, should be submitted below. Send Word documents when possible; and,
- A separate cover letter containing contact information, including a mailing and an e-mail address, which will be submitted through a text box.
All submissions must comply with the CCN publications Style Guide.
Production of Phables is under the aegis of the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics and its copyright conditions.
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