You Are (Not) Your Brain: Incompatible Images of Human Beings in The Neurosciences




neuroscience of consciousness, you are your brain, brain, human being, hylomorphism, Cartesian legacy


On an unprecedented scale, contemporary neuroscience confronts us with claims about our essential nature as human beings. These vary from you are your brain to you have no free will. Despite the prevalence of these claims in the neurosciences on the big questions about ourselves, contemporary neuroscience of consciousness does not speak with a unified voice. Although mainstream neuroscience of consciousness claims that you are your brain, a minority tradition argues you are not your brain but that you have a brain. The substance of these two traditions is presented in this article. An evaluation of the impact of the neurosciences on the big questions of being humans should as a first step appreciate the significance that the neurosciences do not automatically provide a solution to these age-old questions about human beings but display a spectrum of views.


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How to Cite

Craffert, Pieter. “You Are (Not) Your Brain: Incompatible Images of Human Beings in The Neurosciences”. Phronimon, 17 pages.



Research Articles
Received 2023-09-21
Accepted 2024-01-24
Published 2024-02-13