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Nicholas Saarela

Ph.D. student

Nicholas Saarela earned a B.A. each in Philosophy, History, and English: Language and Literature from Grand Valley State University in 2008, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2010. His interests are in Neuroethics, specifically: the therapy/enhancement distinction; genetically engineered treatments for psychological and cognitive disorders; the autonomy and rationality of affected individuals; Wittgenstein's concept of private language cast against the roles that lying, sincerity and gullibility play in the diagnosis of such disorders; and, the determination of, right to, and funding 
for treatment.