Dr Veljko Dubljevic

Assistant Professor


I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Science, Technology & Society (STS) at NC State. Before arriving in Raleigh, I spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Neuroethics Research Unit at IRCM and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I studied philosophy (University of Novi Sad) and economics (Educons University), and obtained a PhD in Political Science (University of Belgrade). After that I joined the research Training Group 'Bioethics' at University of Tuebingen, and after studying philosophy, bioethics, and neuroscience there, obtained a doctorate in philosophy (University of Stuttgart).  

Teaching and Research Interests

My research focuses on ethics of neuroscience and technology, and the cognitive neuroscience of ethics. 

Teaching at NC State:

PHI 347 Neuroscience and Philosophy

PHI 214 Issues in Business Ethics

PHI 325 Bio-Medical Ethics 

STS 403 Seminar in Science, Technology and Society


 I am serving as the co-editor for the book series Advances in Neuroethics (http://www.springer.com/series/14360) and Associate Editor of Frontiers in ELSI in Science and Genetics (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/all/sections/elsi-in-science-and-genetics). Also, since 2017, I am part of EthOS, the campus-wide study group on ethics of AI.

Ongoing research projects reviewed by NC State IRB:

9362 The ADC of moral judgment

9484 Moral Judgment and Psychological Traits

12544 Moral intuition and frontal-lobe pathology



Dubljević, V. and Bottenberg, F. (Eds.): Living with Dementia: Ethical and Neuroscientific Issues in International Perspectives, under contract at Springer.

Dubljević, V. (2019): Neuroethics, Justice and Autonomy: Public Reason in the Cognitive Enhancement Debate, in Springer Book Series The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology”, Heidelberg: Springer: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030136420#aboutBook

Jotterand, F. and Dubljević, V. (Eds.) (2016): Cognitive Enhancement: Ethical and Policy Implications in International Perspectives, New York: Oxford University Press:



Peer-Reviewed Papers

Dubljević, V. & Racine E. (2019): Pediatric neuroenhancement, best interest and autonomy: A case of normative reversal, in Nagel, S. (Ed.): Shaping Children: Ethical and Social Questions That Arise When Enhancing the Young, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, pp. 199-212.

Dubljević, V. (2019): Disease and wellness across the lifespan: A global perspective on mental health burden of dementia, in Stein, D. & Singh, I. (Eds.): Global Mental Health and Neuroethics, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, In Press.

Dubljević, V., Coates McCall, I. & Illes, J. (2019): Neuroenhancement at work: Addressing the etical, legal and social implications, in Trempe-Martineau, J. & Racine, E. (Eds.): Organizational Neuroethics, Chem, Switzerland: Springer, In Press.

Dubljević, V., Sattler, S., & Racine E. (2018): Deciphering moral intuition: How agents, deeds and consequences influence moral judgment, PLOS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0204631.

Dubljević, V. (2018): Toward an improved Multi-Criteria Drug Harm Assessment process and evidence-based drug policies, Frontiers in Pharmacology, doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.00898. 

Dubljević, V. & Ranisch, R. (2018): Moral enhancement - and the opposite: Making people more (or less) moral, eLS, Chichester, UK: Wiley, doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0027993. 

Saigle, V., Dubljević, V. & Racine, E. (2018): The impact of a landmark neuroscience study on free will: A qualitative analysis of articles using Libet et al.’s methods, Target Article: American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience, 9(1): 29-41.

Racine E. & Dubljević, V. (2017): Neuroscience and Socio-environmental Determinants of Moral Agency: Threat or Empowerment? In Illes, J. (Ed.): Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 388-410. 

Bryan, H. & Dubljević, V. (2017): To Disclose or Not to Disclose: When Fear of Nocebo Effects Infringes Upon Autonomy, American Journal of Bioethics 17 (6): 50-52. 

Dubljević, V. & Racine, E. (2017): Moral Enhancement Meets Normative and Empirical Reality: Assessing the Practical Feasibility of Moral Enhancement Neurotechnology, Bioethics 31 (5): 338-348.

Dubljević, V. (2017): Is it Time to Abandon the Strong Interpretation of the Dual Process Model in Neuroethics? in Racine, E & Aspler, J. (Eds.): Debates about Neuroethics: Perspectives on its Development, Focus, and Future, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, 129-140.

Racine, E., Ngyen, V., Saigle, V. & Dubljević, V. (2017): Media Portrayal of a Landmark Neuroscience Experiment on Free Will, Science & Engineering Ethics, 23 (4): 989-1007.

Voarino, N., Dubljević, V. & Racine E. (2017): tDCS for Memory Enhancement: A Critical Analysis of the Speculative Aspects of Ethical Issues, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, DOI: DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00678

Racine, E., Dubljević, V., Jox, R., Baertschi, B., Christensen, J.F., Farisco, M., Jotterand, F., Kahane, G. & Müller, S. (2017): Can Neuroscience Contribute to Practical Ethics? A Critical Review and Discussion of the Methodological and Translational Challenges of the Neuroscience of Ethics, Bioethics 31(5): 328-337.

Dubljević, V. (2016): Autonomy is Political, Pragmatic and Post-metaphysical: A Reply to Open Peer Commentaries on ‘Autonomy in Neuroethics’, AJOB – Neuroscience, 7(4): W1-3.

Dubljević, V., Saigle, V. & Racine E. (2016): The Bright Future of Neuroethics, Neuroethics, DOI 10.1007/s12152-016-9263-x

Dubljević, V. (2016): Enhancement with Modafinil: Benefiting or Harming the Society?, in Jotterand, F. and Dubljević, V. (Eds.): Cognitive Enhancement: Ethical and Policy Implications in International Perspectives, New York: Oxford University Press: 259-274.

Racine, E. and Dubljević, V. (2016): Neuroethics: Neuroscience and Society, Oxford Handbooks Online – Philosophy. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935314.013.46

Racine, E. and Dubljević, V. (2016): Porous or Contextualized Autonomy: Knowledge can Empower Autonomous Moral Agents, commentary on Morar & Beaver, American Journal of Bioethics, 16 (2): 48-50.

Dubljević, V. (2015): Neurostimulation devices for cognitive enhancement: Toward a comprehensive regulatory framework, Neuroethics, 8 (2): 115-126.

Dubljević, V. (2015): Lost in Interpretation: Autonomy and What Patients Tell vs. What is Inferred, commentary on Kelley et al. American Journal of Bioethics, 15 (9): 28-30.

Dubljević, V. (2015): Regulation of Cognition Enhancement Drugs and Public Reason, in Ranisch, R., Schuol, S. and Rockoff, M. (Eds.): Human Self-design with Biotechnology, (Tübingen Studies in Ethics) Tübingen: Francke Attempto Verlag: 289-304.

Dubljević, V., Venero, C.  & Knafo, S. (2015): What is Cognitive Enhancement?, in Knafo, S. & Venero, C. (Eds.): Cognitive Enhancement, Amsterdam: Elsevier/Academic Press: 1-9.

Dubljević, V., Ryan, C.J. (2015): Cognitive enhancement with methylphenidate and modafinil: Conceptual advances and societal implications, Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics, 4: 25-33.

Dubljević, V. (2015): Cognitive Enhancement: A Glance at the Future and Ethical Considerations, in Knafo, S. & Venero, C. (Eds.): Cognitive Enhancement, Amsterdam: Elsevier: 343-365.

Dubljević, V. and Racine, E. (2014): A Single Cognitive Heuristic Process Meets the Complexity of Domain-Specific Moral Heuristics, commentary on Cimpian & Salomon Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37 (5): 487-488.

Dubljević, V. and Racine, E. (2014): The ADC of Moral Judgment: Opening the Black Box of Moral Intuitions with Heuristics about Agents, Deeds and Consequences, Target Article: AJOB – Neuroscience, 5 (4): 3-20.

Dubljević, V., Saigle, V., and  Racine E. (2014): The Rising Tide of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) in the Media and Academic Literature, Neuron, 82: 731-736.

Dubljević, V. (2014): Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Prohibition or Coffee-shops: Regulation of Amphetamine and Methylphenidate for Enhancement Use by Healthy Adults” (response to 11 published Commentaries), American Journal of Bioethics, 14 (1): W1-W8.

Dubljević, V., Sattler, S. and Racine, E. (2014): Cognitive Enhancement and Academic Misconduct: A Study Exploring Their Frequency and Relationship, Ethics & Behavior, 24 (5): 408-420.

Racine, E., Bell, E., Yan, A., Andrew, G., Bell, L.E., Clarke, M., Dubljević, V. et al. (2014): Ethics Challenges of Transition from Paediatric to Adult Health Care Services for Young Adults with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Pediatrics & Child Health, 19 (2): 65-68.

Dubljević, V. (2014): How Neuroethics differs from Bioethics, and does it matter?, in Franeta, D.   & Protopapadakis, A. (Eds.): Primenjena etika, Novi Sad: Mediterran, pp. 52-85.

Dubljević, V. (2013): Autonomy in Neuroethics: Political and not Metaphysical; Target Article: AJOB – Neuroscience, 4 (4): 44-51.

Dubljević, V. (2013): Prohibition or Coffee-shops: Regulation of Amphetamine and Methylphenidate for Enhancement Use by Healthy Adults, Target Article: American Journal of Bioethics 13 (7): 23-33.

Bell, E., Dubljević, V. and Racine, E. (2013): Nudging Without Ethical Fudging: Clarifying Physician Obligations to Avoid Ethical Compromise, commentary on Cohen American Journal of Bioethics 13 (6): 18-19.

Dubljević, V. and Racine, E. (2013): Judging Deeds not Psychopaths, commentary on Gilbert AJOB – Neuroscience, 4 (2): 33-34.

Dubljević, V. (2013): Cognitive Enhancement, Rational Choice and Justification, Neuroethics 6 (1): 179-187.

Ranisch, R., Garofoli, D. and Dubljević, V. (2013): ’Clock shock’, Motivational Enhancement and Performance Maintenance in Adderall Use, commentary on Vrecko AJOB – Neuroscience, 4 (1): 13-14.

Dubljević, V. (2012): Toward a Legitimate Public Policy on Cognition-Enhancement Drugs, AJOB – Neuroscience, 3 (3): 29-33. 

Dubljević, V. (2012): Principles of Justice as the Basis for Public Policy on Psychopharmacological Cognitive Enhancement, Law, Innovation and Technology, 4 (1): 67-83.

Dubljević, V. (2012): How to Understand Rawls's Law of Peoples, Studies in Social and Political Thought, 20 (1): 85-105.

Dubljević, V. (2012): The Difference Between Justice and Legitimacy as the Basis for an Interpretation of Rawls' Law of Peoples, Političke perspektive, 4 (1): 45-71.

Dubljević, V. (2011): Morality, Religion and the Political Culture of Tolerance, Religion and Tolerance, 9 (16): 245-256;

Dubljević, V. (2011): Habermas’s Criticism of “Justice as Fairness” and Rawls's Distinction of Four Roles for Political Philosophy, Nauka i politika, 5 (2): 195-204.

Dubljević, V. (2010): Discourse Ethics of Jürgen Habermas in Relation to Contemporary Science, Interdisciplinarnost i jedinstvo savremene nauke, 4 (2): 133-142.

Dubljević, V. (2010): The Formulation and Reformulation of Rawls's Idea of Public Reason, Pravni život, 14: 737-758. 

Dubljević, V. (2010): The Application of Utilitarian Analysis; Poslovna ekonomija, 2 (1): 151-167.

Dubljević, V. (2010): The Application of Categorical Imperative, in Evropska zajednica naroda i univerzalne vrednosti, Novi Sad: NATEF, pp. 127-147.

Dubljević, V. (2009): The Philosophy of Law of Jürgen Habermas, Pravni život, 12: 595-609.

Dubljević, V. (2009): Legitimacy and the Economic Model of Pluralist Democracy; Poslovna ekonomija, 1 (2): 200-218.

Dubljević, V. and Jovanović, A.: Students' handbook for university entrance exam, Sremska Kamenica: Educons University Press (three editions: 2007, 2008 and 2009).

Dubljević, V. (2008): How to Interpret Habermas’ Critique of “Justice as Fairness”, Pravni život, 10: 335-356.

Dubljević, V. (2007): The Application of “Justice as Fairness” through Notions of the Rational and the Reasonable, Pravni život, 8: 399- 414.

Dubljević, V. (2006): Organizational Justice; Žurnal za sociologiju, 4 (1): 76- 85.

Dubljević, V. (2002): Morality and Religion; in Religije Balkana: iskustva i perpektive, Begrade: Belgrade Open School, pp. 180-183.

Dubljević, V. (2001): Socrates; in Filozofija – problemski pristup, Novi Sad: SSFF, pp. 34- 44. 

Dubljević, V. (2001): Philosophy and Modern Science, in Filozofija – problemski pristup, Novi Sad: SSFF, pp. 140-143.

Dubljević, V. (2001): Problems in Methodology of Teaching Philosophy; in Filozofija – problemski pristup, Novi Sad: SSFF, pp. 206- 210.



Moral Enhancement is Science Fiction, not Science Fact, Scientific American https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/moral-enhancement-is-science-fiction-not-science-fact/

An interesting time for the study of moral judgment; http://icog.group.shef.ac.uk/an-interesting-time-for-the-study-of-moral-judgment-and-cognition/

How (not) to argue about cognitive enhancement; http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/how-not-to-argue-about-cognitive-enhancement-by-veljko-dubljevic.html

How to regulate cognition enhancement drugs?;  http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/how-to-regulate-cognition-enhancement-drugs-by-veljko-dubljevic.html

How to model indirect coercion to use cognitive enhancement?; http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/how-to-model-indirect-coercion-to-use-cognitive-enhancement-by-veljko-dubljevic.html

How to regulate Ritalin and Adderall; http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/how-to-regulate-ritalin-and-adderall-by-veljko-dubljevic.html

Is the Economic Disincentives Model too conservative?; http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/is-the-economic-disincentives-model-too-conservative-by-veljko-dubljevic.html

Is the Economic Disincentives Model too permissive?; http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/is-the-economic-disincentives-model-too-permissive-by-veljko-dubljevic.html

Does the Economic Disincentives Model fail to address the right issues?; http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/does-the-economic-disincentives-model-fail-to-address-the-right-issues-by-veljko-dubljevic.html

How can the public policy on cognitive enhancement be improved? http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2013/09/how-can-the-public-policy-on-cognitive-enhancement-be-improved-by-veljko-dubljevic.html


Member of the Undergraduate Committee of the college of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Belgrade, 2011
  • D.Phil. in Philosophy from University of Stuttgart, 2014
  • Postdoctorate in Neuroethics from McGill University, 2016
  • M.Sc. in Economics from Educons University, 2008
  • B.A. in Philosophy from University of Novi Sad, 2001