IJN Colloquium

Self-consciousness in the Split-brain Subject

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10 February 2023

ENS, Institut Jean Nicod, conference room Pavillon Jardin, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris


In this talk, I first argue that the two hemispheres of a split-brain subject are associated with distinct conscious thinkers and, indeed, distinct thinkers of self-conscious thoughts, R and L. I then argue that the dynamics of self-conscious thought after split-brain surgery shows that R and L are unlike other pairs of self-conscious thinkers. Indeed, there is a basic psychological capacity much simpler than but ordinarily inherent in full-blown psychological self-consciousness that R and L both lack.

2022-2023 Nicod Philosophy Colloquium

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