Study Drugs

Stephanie Phuong Lam, Natalie Roosta, Mikkel Fuhr Nielsen, Maria Holmgaard Meyer & Katrine Birk Friis

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


In recent years, students around the world, started to use preparations as Ritalin and Modafinil,
also known as study drugs, to improve their cognitive abilities1. It is a common use among the
students in United States of America, but it is a new tendency in Denmark. Our main focus is to
locate whether study drugs needs to be legalized in Denmark or not. To investigate this our
starting point is to understand central ethical arguments in the debate. We have chosen two
arguments from Nick Bostrom and Rebecca Roaches’ article Ethical Issues in Human
Enhancement and two arguments from Det Etiske Råds’ essay Medicinsk optimering. We have
analyzed and discussed the arguments. As a base for the analysis and discussion we have
explained how study drugs works, how they are used and the legislation.
Our main conclusions consists of social, biological and moral character. It is difficult to tell
whether a legalization should be done or not, it depends on each individual. Seen from a moral
point of view a legalization should not be done because of the side effects of study drugs. On
the other hand the social point of view tells another story and will much more point in a
direction of a legalization of study drugs. Last the moral aspects plays a big role, because it can
be against each individuals own values. Simultaneously there are aswell some ethical
conclusions, which are shown both utilitarian and deontological, which again are discharged
from our arguments. All together these are our main conclusions which are discharged from or
analysis and discussion.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2016
Antal sider56
VejledereThomas Søbirk Petersen


  • Study Drugs
  • Ritalin
  • Modafinil
  • Medicinsk optimering
  • The crew
  • Legalisering
  • For og imod
  • Etiske argumenter
  • Nick Bostrom
  • Rebecca Roache
  • Det Etiske Råd
  • Sundhedsstyrelsen
  • Utilitarisme
  • Deontologi
  • Paternalisme
  • Autonomi
  • Toulmins model
  • Argumentationsteori
  • Humtek
  • Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bachelor
  • Hus 6.2
  • Basisstudium
  • RUC
  • Roskilde Universitet
  • Etik
  • Crewet
  • 2016