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Philosophy Program and Dean of the College Present

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Self-consciousness in the split-brain subject
Olin, Room 102
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Elizabeth Schechter, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis
Consciousness has sometimes been said to be dual, or divided, after split-brain surgery. But what about self-consciousness? In this paper, I argue that after split-brain surgery, the two hemispheres of the brain are associated with distinct self-conscious thinkers. On the other hand, there is something about the way their self-consciousness operates that makes them unlike other pairs of self-conscious thinkers and rather more like a single self-conscious human being.

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Time: 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Olin, Room 102