Pushing the Margins of Responsibility: Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing

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Pushing the Margins of Responsibility : Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing. / Santoni de Sio, Filippo; Di Nucci, Ezio.

In: Neuroethics, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.04.2018, p. 35-46.

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Santoni de Sio, F & Di Nucci, E 2018, 'Pushing the Margins of Responsibility: Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing', Neuroethics, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-017-9311-1

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Santoni de Sio, F., & Di Nucci, E. (2018). Pushing the Margins of Responsibility: Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing. Neuroethics, 11(1), 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-017-9311-1

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Santoni de Sio F, Di Nucci E. Pushing the Margins of Responsibility: Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing. Neuroethics. 2018 Apr 1;11(1):35-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-017-9311-1

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Santoni de Sio, Filippo ; Di Nucci, Ezio. / Pushing the Margins of Responsibility : Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing. In: Neuroethics. 2018 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 35-46.

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