There is an underlying assumption in the social sciences that consciousness and social life are ultimately classical physical/material phenomena. In this ground-breaking book, Alexander Wendt challenges this assumption by proposing that consciousness is, in fact, a macroscopic quantum mechanical phenomenon. In the first half of the book, Wendt justifies the insertion of quantum theory into social scientific debates, introduces social scientists to quantum theory and the philosophical controversy about its interpretation, and then defends the quantum consciousness hypothesis against the orthodox, classical approach to the mind-body problem. In the second half, he develops the implications of this metaphysical perspective for the nature of language and the agent-structure problem in social ontology. Wendt's argument is a revolutionary development which raises fundamental questions about the nature of social life and the work of those who study it.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
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Table of Contents1. Preface to a quantum social science; Part I. Quantum Theory and its Interpretation: 2. Three experiments; 3. Six challenges; 4. Five interpretations; Part II. Quantum Consciousness and Life: 5. Quantum brain theory; 6. Panpsychism and neutral monism; 7. A quantum vitalism; Part III. A Quantum Model of Man: 8. Quantum cognition and rational choice; 9. Agency and quantum will; 10. Non-local experience in time; Part IV. Language, Light, and Other Minds: 11. Quantum semantics and meaning holism; 12. Direct perception and other minds; Part V. The Agent-Structure Problem Redux: 13. An emergent, holistic, but flat ontology; 14. Toward a quantum vitalist sociology; Conclusion.