Mind in Life

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Harvard University Press, 2007 - 543 pagine

How is life related to the mind? The question has long confounded philosophers and scientists, and it is this so-called explanatory gap between biological life and consciousness that Evan Thompson explores in Mind in Life.

Thompson draws upon sources as diverse as molecular biology, evolutionary theory, artificial life, complex systems theory, neuroscience, psychology, Continental Phenomenology, and analytic philosophy to argue that mind and life are more continuous than has previously been accepted, and that current explanations do not adequately address the myriad facets of the biology and phenomenology of mind. Where there is life, Thompson argues, there is mind: life and mind share common principles of self-organization, and the self-organizing features of mind are an enriched version of the self-organizing features of life. Rather than trying to close the explanatory gap, Thompson marshals philosophical and scientific analyses to bring unprecedented insight to the nature of life and consciousness. This synthesis of phenomenology and biology helps make Mind in Life a vital and long-awaited addition to his landmark volume The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (coauthored with Eleanor Rosch and Francisco Varela).

Endlessly interesting and accessible, Mind in Life is a groundbreaking addition to the fields of the theory of the mind, life science, and phenomenology.

 

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Sommario

Cognitive Science and Human Experience
3
The Phenomenological Connection
16
Autonomy and Emergence
37
The Structure of Behavior
66
Life in Mind
89
Autopoiesis The Organization of the Living
91
Life and Mind The Philosophy of the Organism
128
Laying Down a Path in Walking Development and Evolution
166
Look Again Consciousness and Mental Imagery
267
Temporality and the Living Present
312
Primordial Dynamism Emotion and Valence
360
Empathy and Enculturation
382
Husserl and Cognitive Science
413
Emergence and the Problem of Downward Causation
417
Notes
443
References
483

Consciousness in Life
219
Life beyond the Gap
221
Sensorimotor Subjectivity
243

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