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Making Spirit MatterNeurology, Psychology, and Selfhood in Modern France$
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Larry Sommer McGrath

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226699790

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226699967.001.0001

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Locating Selfhood in the Brain

Locating Selfhood in the Brain

(p.103) Chapter 4 Locating Selfhood in the Brain
Making Spirit Matter

Larry Sommer McGrath

University of Chicago Press

Pathological investigation of brain disorders propelled cerebral localization, the science of identifying the neural regions governing distinct mental activities. Memory was the most controversial. Disputes over whether memories could be located in the nervous system cut to the heart of the fraught relations between spirit and matter in the fin de siècle. Ultimately, the aporias of brain science overflowed the working categories of clinical inquiry, producing a conceptual surplus that lent traction to French spiritualists' claims that knowledge of the brain was entangled with its social milieu.

Keywords:   cerebral localization, aphasia, Jean-Marie Guyau, Victor Egger, Henri Bergson, telephone, telegraph

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