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Plasticity and Pathology: On the Formation of the Neural Subject

David Bates and Nima Bassiri


With the rise of cognitive science and the revolution in neuroscience, it is now commonplace to assume that the study of a human person—a thinking, feeling, acting subject—is ultimately the study of the human brain. In both Europe and the United States, massive state-funded research is focused on mapping the brain in all its remarkable complexity. The metaphors employed are largely technological: A wiring diagram of synaptic connectivity will lead to a better understanding of human behavior and perhaps insights into the breakdown of human personhood with diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer ... More

Keywords: cognitive science, neuroscience, human brain, human behavior, human personhood, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, tumor, gunshot wound, human experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823266135
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823266135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Bates, editor
University of California, Berkeley

Nima Bassiri, editor