» Nonsite Author: Ruth Leys
December 29th, 2019
The Ascent of Affect
By (University of Exeter, UK), (Birkbeck, University of London), (Manchester Metropolitan University), (Boston College) and (Johns Hopkins University)

I offer my analysis in the spirit of a “history of the present,” that is, as an attempt to understand the rise of a non-intentionalist “affect theory” in the light of the genealogy I have charted and to explain why I think the views being forwarded are a mistake.

March 18th, 2012
“Both of Us Disgusted in My Insula”
Mirror Neuron Theory and Emotional Empathy
By (Johns Hopkins University)

It is often said by scientists that our understanding of the neural basis of empathy is in its infancy, the suggestion being that it is only a matter of time before problems will be solved, as if the difficulties facing the research field are merely technical. But the implication of my paper is that the issues confronting empathy theorists are as much theoretical or, say, philosophical, as they are technical or scientific.

June 12th, 2011
On Catherine Malabou’s What Should We Do with Our Brain?
By (Johns Hopkins University)

It thus seems as if the very problem which is at the center of the mind/brain debate, namely, the nature of intentionality, is now being offered as the solution: the claim is that intentional agency just is the biological process that can produce the desired-for “gaps” or differences that characterize freedom.

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