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Neuro by Joelle Abi-Rached, Nikolas Rose

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Conclusion   

Managing Brains, Minds, and Selves

Are developments in the neurosciences transforming our conceptions of what it is to be a human being? If so, how have they come to achieve this role, what forms are these transformations taking, and with what consequences?1 These questions, with which we began this book, lead to a subsidiary one, for if such transformations are occurring, how should the social and human sciences respond, given that individual and collective human beings are their own privileged objects of investigation? Of course, it is far too early to reach any definitive diagnosis. As we have argued, while investigations into the brain and nervous system can be traced back many centuries, neuroscience is barely half a century ...

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