The Living Mind: From Psyche to Consciousness

The Living Mind: From Psyche to Consciousness

by Richard Dien Winfield


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As enthusiasm for computational models of the mind has waned and the revolution in neuroscience has progressed, attention in philosophy and cognitive science has shifted toward more biological approaches. The Living Mind establishes that mind cannot be immaterial or reduced to mechanistic or cybernetic processes, but must instead possess a subjectivity embodied in an animal organism. On this basis, the work proceeds to show why mind involves a pre-conscious psyche, a non-discursive consciousness and self-consciousness, and an intelligence overcoming the opposition of consciousness. In so doing, The Living Mind provides a detailed account of the psyche and consciousness, paving the way for conceiving the psychological enabling conditions of rational theory and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442211551
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2011
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Dien Winfield is a professor of philosophy at the University of Georgia and is the author of numerous books, including: Hegel and Mind, Modernity, Religion, and the War on Terror, and From Concept to Objectivity.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Preconditions of Mind
Chapter 1: Mind and Matter
Chapter 2: Mind and Machine
Chapter 3: Mind and Life
Part 2: The System of Mind
Chapter 4: Psyche, Consciousness, and Intelligence as Irreducible Spheres of Mind
Section 1: The Psyche
Chapter 5: The Nature of the Psyche
Chapter 6: The Feeling Psyche
Chapter 7: Habit, Expression, and the Emergence of Consciousness
Section 2: Consciousness
Chapter 8: The Elementary Shapes of Consciousness
Chapter 9: Self-Consciousness
Chapter 10: Consciousness as Reason
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