Elizabeth Schechter
Washington University in St. Louis
Self and Other in the Split-brain Subject

This talk will concern self-reference in split-brain subjects. A number of philosophers have argued that the left and right hemisphere of a split-brain subject are associated with distinct thinkers and subjects of experience. Few have explicitly addressed how, then, self-conscious thought works in such subjects: who or what are the two hemisphere systems thinking about, when each tries to think self-consciously? I will argue that even if the two hemispheres are associated with distinct minds, agents, and streams of consciousness, there is something about the operation of self-conscious thought in split-brain subjects that makes each such subject like any one of us, in an interesting psychological sense.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Skinner 1116