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The unity of Mind, Brain and World. Current perspectives on a science of consciousness


The unity of Mind, Brain and World. Current perspectives on a science of consciousness. Edited by: Lehmann, D; Pereira Jr, Alfredo (2013). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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Issues concerning the unity of minds, bodies and the world have often recurred in the history of philosophy and, more recently, in scientific models. Taking into account both the philosophical and scientific knowledge about consciousness, this book presents and discusses some theoretical guiding ideas for the science of consciousness. The authors argue that, within this interdisciplinary context, a consensus appears to be emerging assuming that the conscious mind and the functioning brain are two aspects of a complex system that interacts with the world. How can this concept of reality - one that includes the existence of consciousness - be approached both philosophically and scientifically? The Unity of Mind, Brain and World is the result of a three-year online discussion between the authors who present a diversity of perspectives, tending towards a theoretical synthesis, aimed to contribute to the insertion of this field of knowledge in the academic curriculum: - Covers contemporary philosophical and scientific issues in an interdisciplinary context, making the book informative to professionals from a wide range of work fields who are confronted with questions about consciousness - Provides theoretical discussions and syntheses of perspectives on consciousness - Presents a variety of concepts and models of conscious phenomena which should stimulate the current debate on the nature of consciousness, strengthening a more systematic approach to the phenomenon

Abstract

Issues concerning the unity of minds, bodies and the world have often recurred in the history of philosophy and, more recently, in scientific models. Taking into account both the philosophical and scientific knowledge about consciousness, this book presents and discusses some theoretical guiding ideas for the science of consciousness. The authors argue that, within this interdisciplinary context, a consensus appears to be emerging assuming that the conscious mind and the functioning brain are two aspects of a complex system that interacts with the world. How can this concept of reality - one that includes the existence of consciousness - be approached both philosophically and scientifically? The Unity of Mind, Brain and World is the result of a three-year online discussion between the authors who present a diversity of perspectives, tending towards a theoretical synthesis, aimed to contribute to the insertion of this field of knowledge in the academic curriculum: - Covers contemporary philosophical and scientific issues in an interdisciplinary context, making the book informative to professionals from a wide range of work fields who are confronted with questions about consciousness - Provides theoretical discussions and syntheses of perspectives on consciousness - Presents a variety of concepts and models of conscious phenomena which should stimulate the current debate on the nature of consciousness, strengthening a more systematic approach to the phenomenon

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Item Type:Edited Scientific Work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics
04 Faculty of Medicine > The KEY Institute for Brain-Mind Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:03 Oct 2013 12:23
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 22:42
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages:368
ISBN:978-1-107-02629-2
Official URL:http://www.cambridge.org/9781107026292

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