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Contradictory Woolf$
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Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780983533955

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.001.0001

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“Did I not banish the soul?” Thinking Otherwise, Woolf-wise

“Did I not banish the soul?” Thinking Otherwise, Woolf-wise

(p.23) “Did I not banish the soul?” Thinking Otherwise, Woolf-wise
Contradictory Woolf

Patricia Waugh

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the contradictory notion of an “embodied soul” and “grounded” thought in Virginia Woolf's writing, with particular emphasis on concepts of consciousness and the extended mind. It considers the ways in which Woolf, in her novels and essays, challenges Cartesian dualism and reconceptualizes the soul “in the terms of the vocabulary of nerves rather than spirit.” It argues that Woolf banished the soul as what William James calls the “closed individuality” of personal consciousness, in order to retrieve it, through her fiction, as something that more closely resembles an enactivist, extended or distributed idea of mind. It explains how Woolf tried to prevent the disappearance of the soul or its reduction into the biological reductionisms of her own time.

Keywords:   embodied soul, grounded thought, consciousness, extended mind, Cartesian dualism, soul, closed individuality, biological reductionism

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