Neuropathologies: Cognition, Technology, and the Network Paradigm in Scott Bakker’s Neuropath and Dave Eggers’s The Circle

  • Julius Greve
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


This chapter attempts to think the ways in which the strong tendency in literary production and criticism to analyze the human animal according to criteria dictated by the cognitive sciences and their technologies converges with a complementary discourse determined by the paradigmatic notion of “the network.” In order to explicate this discursive and, consequently, practical convergence of today’s technologies of cognition and the network paradigm, Greve offers a comparative reading of Scott Bakker’s Neuropath (2008) and Dave Eggers’s The Circle (2013). Along the lines of recent neurophilosophical developments, Greve demonstrates that, given the drastic changes of the scientifico-technological impact on human subjectivities, we might conceptualize Bakker’s and Eggers’s fictions as neuropathologies of everyday life.

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  • Julius Greve
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  1. 1.University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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