The Embodied Self and the Disrupted Mind

Noga Arikha in conversation with Ophelia Deroy

While Noga Arikha was writing about neuropsychiatric patients whose examinations she had witnessed in a Paris hospital in order to explore how their physical experiences informed their identities, her own mother began to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease. In this conversation with Ophelia Deroy, Arikha will take us on a moving journey to the roots of the self, weaving together stories of her subjects’ troubles and her mother’s decline to illuminate how the self studies itself and how it loses itself, how disruptions to our consciousness reveal the deep interconnection of our minds and bodies.

Noga Arikha is a philosopher, historian of ideas and science humanist. She is an Associate Fellow of the Warburg Institute, Research Associate at the Institut Jean Nicod, and member of the SPHERE Research Unit. Her 2007 book, Passions and Tempers, was a New York Times Review Editor’s Choice and one of the Washington Post Best Non-Fiction Books. Her new book, The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind, is published in April by Hachette. nogaarikha.com/ twitter.com/nogaarikha

Ophelia Deroy holds the Chair in Philosophy of Mind at the LMU Munich, and is a member of the Graduate School in Systemic Neuroscience (GSN) in Munich. She specialises in philosophy of mind and cognitive neurosciences, and has widely published on issues related to multisensory perception and social interactions, both in philosophical and scientific journals. She is editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience. opheliaderoy.com/ twitter.com/OpheliaDeroy

Tuesday 7th June

7pm (UK time)/2pm (EST)