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Plasticity and PathologyOn the Formation of the Neural Subject$
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David Bates and Nima Bassiri

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823266135

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823266135.001.0001

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“You Are (Not) Your Synapses”

“You Are (Not) Your Synapses”

Toward a Critical Approach to Neuroscience

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(p.20) 2 “You Are (Not) Your Synapses”
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Plasticity and Pathology
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Catherine Malabou

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823266135.003.0002

This chapter discusses how the author’s encounter with current neuroscience, on the one hand, and the thought of Michel Foucault, on the other, were decisive for her philosophical trajectory, changing its course and making any attempt at going backward impossible. While she had read Foucault before, her knowledge and experience of his philosophy remained shallow until she began exploring neuroscientific literature and asked herself whether it was possible to constitute the brain as an object for continental, that is nonanalytical or noncognitivist, philosophy. The chapter shows that the elaboration of the encounter between these two encounters might determine a new starting point for contemporary thought. This in-between space remains improbable and difficult both to situate and clear though, to the extent that it appears at first sight more a battlefield or a war front than an exchange or a discussion platform.

Keywords:   neuroscience, Michel Foucault, human brain, noncognitivist, philosophy

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