Proposal for a Critical Neuroscience

  • Jan Slaby
  • Suparna Choudhury


We outline the perspective of ‘critical neuroscience’: a stance of informed critique pertaining to neuroscientific methods, research practices, concepts, discursive effects, formative backstories and societal impacts. We bring together work from various disciplines with the aim to engage neuroscience practitioners as well as decision-makers, stakeholders and the public. Critical neuroscience is a critical stance towards the entirety of the ‘Neuro complex’ in its present guise, including its broader impacts on scholarship, academia and the wider society. The text is a programmatic outline tracing major lines of influence and theoretical backgrounds. It is an invitation to neuroscientists and critical scholars from different fields to engage in collaborative reflection on the present and future of human neuroscience.



Special thanks to Max Stadler and Saskia K. Nagel for important contributions to the development of the ideas expressed here. We also thank Allan Young, Lutz Fricke, Jan-Christoph Heilinger, John Protevi and the editors of this volume.


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  • Jan Slaby
    • 1
  • Suparna Choudhury
    • 2
  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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