Faculties and Phrenology

Hufendiek, Rebekka and Wild, Markus. (2015) Faculties and Phrenology. In: The Faculties. Oxford, pp. 247-254.

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This Reflection considers how the science of phrenology relates to the notion of faculty. It asks: why is phrenology so appealing? It illustrates this with reference to modern culture. Firstly, the Reflection argues, phrenology relies on an easy line of reasoning: moral and mental faculties are found in specific areas of the brain. The more persistently such faculties prevail, the bigger the respective part of the brain. Secondly, phrenology produces easy visible evidence. You can read the mental makeup of someone by looking and feeling the lumps in their head. The Reflection goes on to look at the history of phrenology and relate it to issues of race.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement K√ľnste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Philosophie > Theoretische Philosophie (Wild)
UniBasel Contributors:Hufendiek, Rebekka
Item Type:Book Section
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Series Name:Oxford Philosophical Concepts
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