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- DescriptionRecent neuroscience, in replacing the old model of the brain as a single centralized source of control, has emphasized plasticity, the quality by which our brains develop and change throughout the course of our lives. Our brains exist as historical products, developing in interaction with themselves and with their surroundings. Hence there is a thin line between the organization of the nervous system and the political and social organization that both conditions and is conditioned by human experience. Looking carefully at contemporary neuroscience, it is hard t to tice that the new way of talking about the brain mirrors the management discourse of the neo-liberal capitalist world in which we w live, with its talk of decentralization, networks, and flexibility. Consciously or unconsciously, science cant but echo the world in which it takes place. In the neo-liberal world, plasticity can be equated with flexibility -a term that has become a buzzword in ecomics and management theory. The plastic brain would thus represent just ather style of power, which, although less centralized, is still a means of control. In this book, Catherine Malabou develops a second, more radical meaning for plasticity. Not only does plasticity allow our brains to adapt to existing circumstances, it opens a margin of freedom to intervene, to change those very circumstances. Such an understanding opens up a newly transformative aspect of the neurosciences. In insisting on this proximity between the neurosciences and the social sciences, Malabou applies to the brain Marx's well-kwn phrase about history: people make their own brains, but they do t kw it. This book is a summons to such kwledge.
- Author BiographyCatherine Malabou, holder of Visiting Chairs in numerous North American universities, currently teaches philosophy at the CRMEP (Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy) at Kingston University (UK) . The most recent of her books are, with Judith Butler, You Will Be My Body for Me (forthcoming in English), and Changing Difference: The Feminine in Philosophy. SEBASTIAN RAND is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University. MARC JEANNEROD is the founder of the Institute for Cognitive Science in Lyon, a member of the French Academy of Science, and a leader in the field of motor representations. His most recent book in English is Motor Cognition: What Actions Tell the Self.
- Author(s)Catherine Malabou
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2008
- Series TitlePerspectives in Continental Philosophy
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Weight148 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Translated bySebastian Rand
- Introduction byMarc Jeannerod
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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