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The Elusive BrainLiterary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience$
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Jason Tougaw

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300221176

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300221176.001.0001

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Introduction: You Are Your Brain, You Are Not Your Brain

Introduction: You Are Your Brain, You Are Not Your Brain

(p.1) Introduction: You Are Your Brain, You Are Not Your Brain
The Elusive Brain

Jason Tougaw

Yale University Press

The introduction examines contemporary debates in neuroscience and the philosophy of mind, demonstrating the conceptual impasses inevitable when writers adopt extreme rhetorical positions about the so-called “cerebral subject”—for example, “you are your brain” or “you are not your brain.” Literary works, literary criticism, and the neurohumanities respond to such debates by eschewing reductive rhetorical positions in favor of representing the complex questions that arise when they ask what philosophers call “the hard problem” of identifying roles the brain plays in the making of identity, consciousness, and self.

Keywords:   Explanatory gap, Neurohumanities, The hard problem, Cerebral subject

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