Process Approaches to Consciousness in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy of Mind

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SUNY Press, Nov 18, 2009 - Philosophy - 484 pages
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This collection opens a dialogue between process philosophy and contemporary consciousness studies. Approaching consciousness from diverse disciplinary perspectives—philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, neuropathology, psychotherapy, biology, animal ethology, and physics—the contributors offer empirical and philosophical support for a model of consciousness inspired by the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947). Whitehead’s model is developed in ways he could not have anticipated to show how it can advance current debates beyond well-known sticking points. This has trenchant consequences for epistemology and suggests fresh and promising new perspectives on such topics as the mind-body problem, the neurobiology of consciousness, animal consciousness, the evolution of consciousness, panpsychism, the unity of consciousness, epiphenomenalism, free will, and causation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Setting the Stage
35
1 Process Thought as a Heuristic for Investigating Consciousness
37
2 Whitehead as a Neglected Figure of TwentiethCentury Philosophy
57
3 Consciousness as a Topic of Investigation in Western Thought
73
4 Whiteheads Unique Approach to the Topic of Consciousness
137
Part II Psychology and Philosophy of Mind
173
Whiteheads Nonreductionist Naturalism
175
9 The Evolution of Consciousness
261
10 The Carrier Theory of Causation
273
Part IV Clinical Applications
293
11 The Microgenetic Revolution in Contemporary Neuropsychologyand Neurolinguistics
295
12 From Coma to Consciousness Recovery and the Process of Differentiation
327
13 Consciousness and Rationality from a Process Perspective
345
Part V History and Future? of Philosophy
385
14 Consciousness Memory and Recollection According to Whitehead
387

6 The Interpretation and Integration of the Literature on Consciousness from a Process Perspective
201
7 Windows on Nonhuman Minds
219
Part III From Metaphysics to NeuroScienceand Back Again
233
8 Panexperientialism Quantum Theoryand Neuroplasticity
235
15 Consciousness and Causation in Whiteheads Phenomenology of Becoming
407
Contributors
463
Index
467
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About the author (2009)

Michel Weber is Director of the Center for Philosophical Practice “Chromatiques whiteheadiennes,” Brussels, and author of Whitehead’s Pancreativism: The Basics.

Anderson Weekes is an independent scholar and an educational consultant in New York.

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