Neuroscience and Critique: Exploring the Limits of the Neurological Turn

1st Edition

Jan De Vos, Ed Pluth

Routledge
Published November 19, 2015
Reference - 236 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138887350 - CAT# Y180603

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Summary

Recent years have seen a rapid growth in neuroscientific research, and an expansion beyond basic research to incorporate elements of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It has been suggested that the neurosciences will bring about major transformations in the understanding of ourselves, our culture and our society. In academia one finds debates within psychology, philosophy and literature about the implications of developments within the neurosciences, and the emerging fields of educational neuroscience, neuro-economics, and neuro-aesthetics also bear witness to a ‘neurological turn’ which is currently taking place.

Neuroscience and Critique is a ground-breaking edited collection which reflects on the impact of neuroscience in contemporary social science and the humanities. It is the first book to consider possibilities for a critique of the theories, practices, and implications of contemporary neuroscience. Bringing together leading scholars from several disciplines, the contributors draw upon a range of perspectives, including cognitive neuroscience, critical philosophy, psychoanalysis, and feminism, and also critically examine several key ideas in contemporary neuroscience, including:

  • The idea of "neural personhood"
  • Theories of emotion in affective neuroscience
  • Empathy, intersubjectivity and the notion of "embodied simulation"
  • The concept of an "emo-rational" actor within neuro-economics.

The volume will stimulate further debate in the emerging field of interdisciplinary studies in neuroscience, and will appeal to researchers and advanced students in a range of disciplines including critical psychology, philosophy, and critical studies.

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