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Our Brains Are not Us

Walter Glannon

in Brain, Body, and Mind

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734092
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894475 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734092.003.0010
Our Brains Are not Us

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This chapter develops the idea that persons are constituted by their brains but are not identical to them. The brain is necessary but not sufficient to account for our mentality. By showing that the mind is the product of interaction between and among the brain, body, and environment, it rejects the reductionist view that all of our psychological properties can be explained entirely in terms of brain function. This conception of how the brain enables the mind shows the importance of environmental interventions for psychiatric disorders and serves as a framework for discussion of ethical issues in the chapters that follow.

Keywords: behavior; biological psychiatry; brain; culture; embodied minds; embedded minds; environment

Chapter.  15586 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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