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Colloquia: Elizabeth Schechter (Washington University)

April 1, 2019 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: “Self-consciousness in split-brain subjects”

Abstract: Consciousness has sometimes been said to be dual, or divided, after split-brain surgery. But what about self-consciousness? In this paper, I argue that after split-brain surgery the two hemispheres are associated with distinct self-conscious thinkers. On the other hand, because they are so substantially co-embodied, these thinkers cannot distinguish themselves from each other. Self-consciousness in a split-brain subject is in this respect unlike self-consciousness in any pair of human beings.



April 1, 2019
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm


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