2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Neuro-Oppression: Does neuroscience perpetuate social marginalization

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Jyothis James, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Skybox

Abstract

Michel Foucault argues that oppressive systems form through a genealogical socio-historical process that posits one identity as superior, and the other as inferior. Social groups such as women, non-white peoples, queer and trans people, and essentially those who are not considered mentally or physically ‘normal’ have been marginalized through this process. One way to reaffirm the legitimacy of such systems is by arguing that such inferior differences are biologically natural. I will use a Foucaultian historicist critique to argue that the neurosciences are susceptible to this naturalistic fallacy, and thus can perpetuate the marginalization of people.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 2:15 PM

Panel

Entrenched Attitudes and Efforts at Change

Panel Moderator

Lou Lombardi

Field of Study for Presentation

Neuroscience, Philosophy

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Neuro-Oppression: Does neuroscience perpetuate social marginalization

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Michel Foucault argues that oppressive systems form through a genealogical socio-historical process that posits one identity as superior, and the other as inferior. Social groups such as women, non-white peoples, queer and trans people, and essentially those who are not considered mentally or physically ‘normal’ have been marginalized through this process. One way to reaffirm the legitimacy of such systems is by arguing that such inferior differences are biologically natural. I will use a Foucaultian historicist critique to argue that the neurosciences are susceptible to this naturalistic fallacy, and thus can perpetuate the marginalization of people.