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NeuroThe New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind$
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Nikolas Rose and Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149608

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149608.001.0001

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Personhood in a Neurobiological Age

Personhood in a Neurobiological Age

(p.199) Chapter Seven Personhood in a Neurobiological Age

Nikolas Rose

Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the neurobiological self. It argues that the emerging neuroscientific understandings of selfhood are unlikely to efface modern human beings' understanding of themselves as persons equipped with a deep interior world of mental states that have a causal relation to their action. Rather, they are likely to add a neurobiological dimension to human beings' self-understanding and their practices of self-management. In this sense, the “somatic individuality” which was once the province of the psy- sciences, is spreading to the neuro- sciences. Yet psy is not being displaced by neuro: neurobiological conceptions of the self are being construed alongside psychological ones.

Keywords:   neurobiological self, selfhood, mental states, self-understanding, self-management, somatic individuality, neuroscience, psychology

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