The Politics of Neuroscience

Kieran Laird

in The Political Mind

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748623860
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652808 | DOI:
The Politics of Neuroscience

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This chapter discusses various themes in the philosophy of mind in order to provide a philosophical context within which to set the neuropsychological work. One of the objections levelled against such research and its utility in social thought is its reductionist tendency. The chapter argues that in functionalism, people are able to combine the materialism with context sensitivity as well as differentiate between different levels of consciousness. It also begins to engage the central concern of the book with discussions on the interactions between both body and mind on the one hand and consciousness and nonconsciousness on the other, to start to unpack how change can be brought about. The chapter considers the materialist problem; William Connolly and neuropolitical dualism; and how to politicise neuroscience.

Keywords: consciousness; functionalism; materialism; philosophy of mind; William Connolly; neuropolitical dualism

Chapter.  9955 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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