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Investigations into the Trans Self and Moore's Paradox

Authors: A. W. Brakel, Linda

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  • Explores how the trans phenomenon challenges existing concepts of the Self 
  • Considers various theories of the Self, classic and modern, to show that they are inadequate in accommodating fundamental aspects of the trans Self
  • Posits the notion of a new ontological phenotype of the Self
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This book explores how the trans phenomenon can challenge the existing concept of the Self and its nature. The catalyst is Moore’s Paradox: can a trans person coherently state ‘I am a girl but I don’t believe that’? More deeply, three fundamental philosophical questions arise, of ontological, epistemological, and conceptual significance: what Self understands that the natal-gender is ‘wrong’? How does the trans person know that the natal-gender is ‘wrong’ and what counts as evidence? And finally, how does this effect the concept of Self itself? 
Seeking answers, Brakel considers various theories of the Self, including classical accounts, modern views, and models developed by selected gender theorists. The book then takes a biological turn, first developing an evolutionary proper-function analysis of gender and trans-gender and subsequently proposing the possibility of a new ontological phenotype. With a review of cutting-edge neuroscientific research conducted over the last twenty-five years, Brakel propels this timely and important investigation toward the future, using experimental philosophy empirical studies adapted from classic thought experiments on the nature of the Self. 

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Linda A.W. Brakel, M.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Research Associate in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, USA. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Investigations into the Trans Self and Moore's Paradox
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44645-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44645-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44644-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 176
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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