Duke Neurohum Rsrch: Nima Bassiri: Lecture

Nima Bassiri, PhD, and ACLS New Faculty Fellow @ Duke, will present "Can the Brain Speak the Truth of the Self? Notes on a Historical Development."

When Apr 24, 2013
from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Duke U: FHI Garage (C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)
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An ACLS fellow at Duke University, Nima Bassiri teaches in the Program in Literature, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and the Department of Philosophy. He is also a postdoctoral associate of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory. While recent science-studies debates consider what the proliferation of neuroscience means for categories of person and self today, this talk presents a historical analysis of the problem of “neural personhood.” It argues that the conditions according to which “neural personhood” could be articulated as a viable and coherent category were bound up with transformations in the definitions of normality and pathology within the history of brain research, spanning from the seventeenth to the nineteenth
century. The talk concludes with an examination of medico-legal discussions around madness, personhood, and the brain in late nineteenth-century British neurology.

Presented by the Franklin Humanities Institute & Duke Institute for Brain Science