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Being BrainsMaking the Cerebral Subject$
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Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276073

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276073.001.0001

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“Up for Grabs”

“Up for Grabs”

(p.227) “Up for Grabs”
Being Brains

Fernando Vidal

Francisco Ortega

Fordham University Press

The conclusion underlines that all the fields analyzed in the book share what we characterized as a “modern creed.” It explains that such creed is modern because of its chronology, and because it is an element of the psychological, philosophical, political and scientific cosmologies usually identified to modernity. It is a creed because it states basic beliefs that guide action. As this conclusion emphasizes, that idea is best understood as a historically contingent resource, born to uphold and make plausible a redefinition of personhood that ultimately functioned as the core of an ideology (in the sense of a complex set of notions, beliefs and ideals). The title comes from a remark by intellectual historian Louis Menand: “every aspect of life has a biological foundation in exactly the same sense, which is that unless it was biologically possible it wouldn’t exist. After that, it’s up for grabs.”

Keywords:   belief, brainhood, discarnation, ideology, personhood

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