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Human Brain and Human Mind. The Discourse on the Anatomy of the Brain and its philosophical reception

Abstract : The study of the anatomy of the brain has always had an ambiguous relationship with philosophical discourse on mental faculties. Distinguishing the subject matter of each discipline is not an easy task. The philosophical reception of Nicolas Steno's 'Discourse on the anatomy of the brain' (1669) provides a good illustration of the way in which they are intertwined and puts into focus the manner in which the anatomical study of the brain can be metaphysically instrumentalized. Beyond Steno's case, this article aims at contributing to current discussions regarding "cerebral localizations", i.e. the assignment of specific mental functions to specific parts of the brain.
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Raphaële Andrault. Human Brain and Human Mind. The Discourse on the Anatomy of the Brain and its philosophical reception. Steno and the Philosophers, pp.87-112, 2018, 9789004360648. ⟨halshs-01716907⟩

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