Neuroscience and Political Theory: Call for Chapter Proposals
The editor of a collection on neuroscience and political theory seeks chapter submissions.
Given the proliferation and increased visibility of research in the field of neuroscience there are an enormous number of interesting questions being put before political theorists, and opportunities for interdisciplinary research abound. A number of major research initiatives have recently taken up the relationships between neuroscience and society, law, ethics, and economics; however, the relationship between politics and neuroscience has been underexplored and undertheorized. The goal of this collection is to engage deeply with the issues in order to begin a set of enduring conversations that will unfold over time and be meaningful to academics, researchers, graduate students, and the informed general reader. Political theorists, political philosophers, legal scholars, and neuroscientists are all invited to bring their particular expertise to bear on the meaning of neuroscience for political theory, and the meaning of political theory for neuroscience.
Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):
• The impact of neuroscience on theories of deliberative democracy
• Neuroscience and democratic pluralism
• Micropolitics and neuroscience
• The role of habit in politics and political theory
• The relationship between neuroscience and the security state
• A history of the mind/body split in Western thought with a view to assessing some of the claims being made about the revolutionary nature of neuroscience
• Questions posed by the embrace of neuroscience for philosophers of social science
• Neuroscience and biopolitics
• Neural plasticity, integrated neural networks and rethinking the political subject
• Neuroscience and political aesthetics
• The relationship between neuroscience and legal theory, including questions related to ownership of one’s thoughts (e.g., in the context of certain constitutional protections), and possible reconceptualization(s) of the subject as a bearer of legal and moral responsibility
• The inherent politics of brain imaging technology itself; how does the medical technology color the debate? Does a fMRI have politics?
• Neuroscience as a “new foundationalism” in social science
• Neuroscience and public policy
Potential contributors are asked to submit a 300-500 word abstract, along with a brief CV, by December 15, 2009. Completed chapters will be due in the summer of 2010. Chapter proposals, general inquiries, and inquiries regarding an existing publisher’s agreement should be sent directly to the editor, Frank Vander Valk, at Frank.Vandervalk@esc.edu.
Frank Vander Valk
State University of New York, Empire State College
518-587-2100, ext. 2476
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