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Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject

Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega


This book offers a critical exploration of the influential and pervasive belief that “we are our brains” (and that therefore he neurosciences will provide the key to all human phenomena). Since the 1990s, “neurocentrism” has become widespread in most Western and many non-Western societies. Advances, especially in neuroimaging, decisively bolstered it and helped justify increased funding for the brain sciences. Such a belief permeates many other contexts beyond basic research. Major national health agencies consider that “mental” illnesses are “brain disorders.” People diagnosed with some of th ... More

Keywords: brain sciences, cerebral subject, mental disorder, neurocentrism, neurocultures, neurodiversity, neuroimaging, neuroscience and culture, personal identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823276073
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fernando Vidal, author
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Francisco Ortega, author
State University of Rio de Janeiro

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