Why social embeddedness matters to neuroscience

Neuroscience and Politics: Do Not Hold Your Breath

Is the brain key to a scientific understanding of political attitudes, decisions and practices? Can the study of politics be transformed, even revolutionized by turning toward neuroscience? Should political theory rebrand itself as ‘neuropolitics’? In outlining a skeptical reply to these questions, this article aims to initiate a critical discussion of neuro-enthusiasm, of evidence-based political science, of blind faith in presumed ‘hard’ scientific authority, thereby also pointing to important issues about aspects of today’s dominant knowledge economy. The main contention is that neuroscience, amidst the hype surrounding it, too easily gets vastly overrated as a resource for, let alone an effective instrument of political science. ….[READ]

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