Think Spiral: The Divided Brain and Classical Liberalism
31 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 1, 2019
Iain McGilchrist richly explains the right and left hemispheres of the brain, how each functions and what each tends to do. This paper serves, firstly, as a primer to McGilchrist’s fascinating exposition. Second, it offers a formulation that uses a spiral to structure the iterative and layered relationship. Third, it presents McGilchrist’s concerns about how modernity has enfeebled the right hemisphere, and how the left hemisphere is, at it were, running amok. Fourth, it considers some of McGilchrist’s political overtones. Sharing McGilchrist’s concerns, finally, I elaborate why they might lead us to look to classical liberalism as the best way to avoid the traps of the left hemisphere, to invigorate the health of the right hemisphere, and to cope with modernity.
Keywords: Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, leadership, management, sympathy, apophatic, Aufhebung
JEL Classification: A11, A12, A13, B52, B53, D6, D8
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