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Selves in turmoil - Neurocognitive and societal challenges of the self

Maasen, Sabine. (2007) Selves in turmoil - Neurocognitive and societal challenges of the self. Journal Of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1-2. pp. 252-270.

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Abstract

As the cognitive neurosciences set out to challenge our understanding of consciousness, the existing conceptual panoply of meanings attached to the term remains largely unaccounted for. By way of bibliometric analysis, the following study first reveals the breadth and shift of meanings over the last decades, the main tendency being a more `brainy` concept of consciousness. On this basis, the emergence of consciousness studies is regarded as a `trading zone` (Galison) in which experimental, philosophical and experiential accounts are dialectically engaged. Outside of academic discourse, a neurocognitive concept of consciousness is embraced by popular self-help literature that sweepingly adopts this new discourse and the novel neuropharmacological tools in the self-help toolbox. Consciousness studies are hence not only the product of epistemological and methodological struggles (scientific dimension) but also part of the current re-alignments regarding the notion of consciously acting selves in society (societal dimension).
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Wissenschaftsforschung (Maasen)
UniBasel Contributors:Maasen, Sabine
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Imprint Academic
ISSN:1355-8250
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:11 Oct 2012 15:31
Deposited On:11 Oct 2012 15:19

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